September 11, 2014
Dyson 360 Eye Versus Philosophical Robot Worries

A philosopher worries that robots will do too much for us.

But preeminent philosopher of technology Albert Borgmann asks us to consider what this advance will do to our capacity for reasoning. Will we be as inclined to ask ourselves questions like: What do I really want, and why should I want it? And what will happen to our inclination to develop virtues associated with willpower when technology increasingly does our thinking for us and preemptively satisfies our desires? Such an environment, Borgmann warns, initiates the “slide from housekeeping to being kept by our house.”

Perhaps this is a legitimate worry for some people who won't grow or learn unless they have to. But for those addicted to reading, learning, and exploration I do not see extremely helpful robots as posing a problem. We aren't going to become mentally inert just because robots cook our food, wash our clothes. clean our houses, and drive us wherever we want to go.

Perhaps robots will open up a greater split between people with strong innate curiosity and motivation versus those who only act out of necessity.

Since I do not have enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do I am quite excited that Dyson is going to introduce a big step forward in robotic vacuums. Though not until some time in 2015. This looks like it will save a lot of labor and let us easily live in cleaner houses.

The Dyson 360 Eye uses a sophisticated vision system.

The 360 Eye has much more powerful vacuum suction than its competitors.

Better, cooler, I want one.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2014 September 11 10:02 PM 

Stephen said at September 23, 2014 9:09 PM:

I gather that the key advance for the Dyson is that the device is an actual vacuum cleaner, not merely a brush on wheels. I think that explains the battery time.
In any normal sized suburban house, 30 mins should be entirely fine provided the device knows to clean a different area after each recharge. Perhaps it does?

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