The Effectiveness Of Robots

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1.0 Introduction
Over the last few years the technological boom in our society has paved the way for ordinary people to have the ability to access materials in information to build basic robots, creating a drastic increase in ideas and concepts in robot design. Humans have always placed high expectations upon robots, as world conquering wonder machines which are able to make our lives easier, solve all our problems for us and allow us to become increasingly lazy.

However, is the amount of technology we have available enough to create a completely autonomous robot which can critically think and make decisions? And if not, are the robots we can currently create really 'useful ' or are they pointless predecessors of what could potentially be
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The rover used for tests featured an electric brushless motor, lithium polymer (LiPo) battery and an APM autopilot which enabled autonomous navigation via GPS waypoint. These waypoints were set using the Mission Planner program, which was downloaded for free from 3DR. This rover was set a task, to photograph an area and send back footage, and then programmed to autonomously drive there through obstacles and complete the task. It is believed that if this ground rover has the ability to autonomously navigate around the set obstacles and complete its task - to photograph a set area and send back the data, it will in fact prove to be useful to humans, and prove that if created on a more professional scale it would aid us in the exploration of areas which are unsafe for humans to enter, such as a radioactive …show more content…
Therefore a robot is useful as long as it is competent enough, or 'smart ' enough to complete its intended task. Different robots, such as intelligent, supervisory or autonomous robots all have different tasks set, and different purposes. This means that if an intelligent robot is able to complete its task while a human makes all the decisions this robot is useful. However, if a robot who 's intended purpose is to complete the same task autonomously needs an equal amount of human assistance, this robot is not useful. Generally robots are created to complete tasks humans find dull, or tasks that are dirty or dangerous (Robots Rising.,

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