Robotics In Science Fiction

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Many people are afraid of robots because of how robots are portrayed in science fiction. The problem here is that people use these stories as examples of how robots will take over the world even though the robots in the story are the product of the writer’s imagination. Science fiction assumes that robots will turn on mankind because it makes for an interesting conflict, not because it’s the most likely event. It’s the same way as with zombie stories - a strange, antagonizing force is made up to create conflict and make the story more interesting. The only difference here is that robots have a real life counterpart, while zombies have none. No one has to separate movie zombies from real life zombies because there are no real life zombies, but …show more content…
Robots could even be used to fight cancer. A team at École Polytechnique de Montréal has already found a way to steer a magnetic medicine-carrying robot through large arteries using an MRI machine (Martel). A robot that could fight cancer would be an amazing innovation because cancer drugs often attack healthy cells, even when cancer-targeting antibodies are included (Martel). A robot would be able to tell the cancer cells from the healthy ones and leave the healthy cells alone. However, these robots aren’t ready to fight cancer quite yet (Martel). According to the head of the research team, “There are many problems to solve and medical trials to do. But I believe the world will start to see cancer-fighting robots on the market within the next decade. One day, microbots may even be able to hunt and kill cancer cells before they grow into tumors” (Martel, IEEE Spectrum). Thankfully, not all medical robots have the same limitations. An Israeli company called Given Imaging has already produced a device called the PillCam that can go through the digestive tract and identify signs of Crohn’s disease and colon cancer (Martel). However, the PillCam is passive in that it can’t steer or propel itself, so it’s debatable if it’s actually a robot (Martel). Of course, robotics aren’t limited to fighting and detecting disease. They can also help paralyzed people walk again and give support while people are healing (PBS). For example, there’s the Titan Arm, a robotic exoskeleton invented by a team of engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania (Mone). Although the Titan Arm isn’t a replacement arm, it can provide extra strength to people who have been injured (Mone). There is also an exoskeleton for the legs that can help quadriplegics walk again. When the wearer shifts his or her weight forward, the exoskeleton takes a step (PBS). In another area of medicine, robotic surgeons can help perform

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