As if the use of drones and A.I. autonomous systems aren’t controversial enough, now researchers in South Korea claim to have developed a humanoid robot called Pibot that can fly any type of aircraft. As you’ll see in the video below, one beneficial real-world example for the use of robot pilots would be in dangerous areas like Fukushima where radiation would threaten human health.
This is a familiar sales pitch for all types of robotics, but the mission tends to quickly creep into other areas that aren’t so noble. For instance, it has been shown that drone pilots can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder even though they are technically far removed from the actual battlefield. It’s not much of a stretch to see these fragile humans who are prone to compassion get replaced by Pibot … you know, for their health.
Transcript from Reuters here