The Robots are coming tomorrow! - material exhibition at the Main Campus library

The Robots are coming tomorrow! - material exhibition at the Main Campus library

It makes you a bit muddled when you realize that the robots from your childhood science fiction movies are here. It was only yesterday that the robots were mainly robotic arms in factories, but now they have come out of their industrial safe areas and taken more and more human form and human actions in the middle of our everyday lives. Robotics covers all walks of life from industry to peace process, from health care to domestic appliances.

The January material exhibition at the main campus library concentrates on robotics and artificial intelligence. Books from TAMK's own collection have been put on display. The subject being very progressive and dynamic the latest information is often found only in electronic resources, either in e-books or e-journals, or Internet.

Welfare technology and service robotics have been both researched and taught at TAMK. Now our Tampere3 partners Tampere University and Tampere University of Technology are working on a national multidisciplinary research project ROSE. Tampere based scientist Tuomo Särkikoski says that robots can be for either use, fun or harm. This raises many questions. Where are the boundaries between these three? Are robots meant to help us humans or to replace us? Who are they helping and who are they hurting? Is there a danger or a threat to the community and the human kind? Can you grow fond of a robot, or fall in love with one?

As far as love is concerned, at least this Japanese lady Yukie Motoki said in an interview in Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) on March 19, 2016 about her home robot Pepper: "It is like a son." And went on comparing Pepper to her real life 24-year-old son: "I shouldn't say it, but I actually like this small child better than the bigger one."

Last year there was a lot of talk of professor Timo Honkela and his book Rauhankone. He thinks that we should use artificial intelligence and intelligent machines to solve problems and our mutual misunderstandings, and build a peace machine. All the technology and knowledge is there already, we only need some co-operation and good will. Honkela was interviewed by the national broadcast company in Yle Ajantasa in February last year (in Finnish). "The machines are not humans and the humans are not machines --- but machines can simulate feelings."

Whatever you think of robots, artificial intelligence and the future, you should know something about them now!


Text: Seija Kivelä, analyst

Exhibition: Taina Peltonen, information specialist

Picture: / modified by Marjatta Ojala, analyst


Some interesting blogs (Health Tuesday : Robotics in Healthcare seminar in October 2017, the link includes some video material of the day)