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ROBOTS or HUMANS – Whom do you prefer?

Should I use cheap and trouble free synthetic products or accept the compromises of Natural products ?

Are natural/ eco friendly products worth the money?

Are synthetic products really cheaper? What value do you assume for the livability of your kids?

An intuitive thought experiment to why one should use a natural product instead of a synthetic product

Albert Einstein is said to be the god of thought experiments. His theories, which came up as a result of his several thought experiments, are still awe awakening among scientists in various fields. Even today his concepts are hard to be understood and explained, yet unproved or omitted. What Albert Einstein has theorized in his life span through thought experiments are still work in progress by our super computers and power full modern day scientific devices.

This literature below is an attempt to apply a similar thought experiment to understand how using natural products in our day-to-day life against synthetics can be helpful.

Robots are everywhere – they are used in manufacturing many of our day-to-day essentials from complex automobiles to simple cooking pans. New technological developments are making sure- every day these robots get smarter, sleeker and more efficient. As a result, these robots are able to reciprocate what has so far been key differentiators for humans against machines – viz., they can think before an act, improve their next job with the learning’s from previous jobs, analyze all the data recorded and captured earlier in order to avoid the mistakes made in the past, communicate between other machines around and if I can say ‘as an icing on the cake’, they can communicate with humans in their native languages too.

On the other hand, the productive life of human worker is very less compared to a robot. Human workers need breaks, recess for nature calls and prone to fatigue failures. Humans also have social commitments with their environment apart from their inclinations towards human feelings, arts and hobbies, that could reduce the efficiency of job compared to robots. Humans are prone to produce variations in their productions apart from high wages and social costs associated with employing them.

So, the question now is how far can these robots go in replacing humans?

Fast forwarding the robotic developments, in about 50 years from now, we may have fully automated cars on the streets without a need for human intervention, robots that fight in the borders, robots doing construction, robots painting and cleaning our homes and more. As we now own a television, mobile phone or a washing machine, every one of our house holds might have a couple of robots to do the daily routines.

But sadly, we however we will still continue to experience pain, pleasure and love by ourselves. We will still teach our children all the old school rhymes. We will still pay premium for hand made art, long for a hug of our beloved and a hand to behold when sad. Empathy and sympathy will still be expected to be on personalized offer. We will still prefer to speak to a friend, lunch and drink with our family in person than through a real-time 3D AR holograph conference.

Taking a step back, if we think of the above human problems, it is these problems that have taken the human race to a level to what it is now. Compared to a computer printed replica of Da Vinci’s finest artwork to the scribbling’s of ones children, it is the child’s scribbles that take a position on ones office desk. It is because the child’s unprepared curves on a piece of paper is more an emotion that a symbol of visual pleasure. Interacting physically with another human is biological assurance that our bodies were built to long for.

Similarly, a synthetic product manufactured with higher carbon footprint and exploitation of natural resources may have higher life cycle, look attractive and above all be very affordable. However the very usage, storage, production of this product takes a toll of our planet and sustenance of our generations. While our modern life warrants several synthetic products- usage of sustainable, carbon neutral and Eco-friendly alternatives irrespective of their shortcomings, where possible, shall be seen as every sustainable thinking individual’s first responsibility. Compared to a synthetic product, a natural alternative will be less sexy, prone to faster wear, has lower life cycle, takes little longer to do the work etc. But as we start supporting such products, the demand will grow for such sustainable products ensuring competition to take the charge for improvements in the products. Thus usage of every sustainable product will set the foundation for the system to build more of them and more efficient of them. Let us take these small steps individually, commit for a silent eco products revolution to save our planet earth – our only inherited collective asset in this mighty universe.

By Dr. Janani Priya L. B.D.S, (M.D.S Pedodontist)

About Author:

(Dr.Janan Priya L. is a young and dynamic medical professional who specializes in pediatric dentistry. She hails from Coimbatore- India. She has travelled far and around the world for work and leisure. She is supporting several NGO’s against fight against Oral cancer and other Oral health issues. She is also an ardent ecologist and eminent public speaker. She is a founding trustee of MANIDHAM KANBOM TRUST, an NPO which works for welfare of road accident victims in southern India. She also took the hat of an Entrepreneur through her company ARTZ SOLUTIONS)


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