Recently the Hybrid Herald sat down with MIT roboticist Jeremy Hoop for a conversation about the future of personal robotics. “It’s amazing what robotic augmentations could do for the human body,” Hoop marveled. “Just as amazing is how thoroughly that future might be quashed by bad rain.”
“By the time we can create fully-robotic bodies for people, our standard of living will have dramatically improved, provided we don’t get caught in a light drizzle. Robotics systems are complex and delicate, and vulnerable to moisture,” Hoop explained.
Hoop elaborated on other roadblocks to realizing his dream. “An electric discharge in the wrong place, a programming error, even basic wear and tear making the maintenance of robot parts unavailable to all but the wealthiest individuals. Honestly, there’s a whole lot of crap that could mess this up.”
Hoop remains optimistic about transhumanism, as he greatly enjoyed Ghost in the Shell as a young boy.
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