I just saw a recent news item on this. I honestly don’t know if it is creepy … or fascinating (make sure to see the videos). You be the judge. While it did remind me of some past movies (see Austin Powers, etc.), it also got me to thinking which is always a dangerous thing. If we can build an Aiko, then instead of just being someone’s um … friend, can we put robots like this to use in more critical roles? Like … IT operations (sorry, but I don’t let my mind wander too far from my coverage area – wouldn’t be prudent). It’s no secret that while some things are getting easier with the advent of SOA, virtualization and cloud computing, other things are getting more difficult. We talk a lot these days about automation being key, but come on, compared to this, much of the automation technology I see evolving within enterprise management seems stuck somewhere between the stone and bronze ages. The videos show the robot able to do a variety of tasks including amazing pattern recognition and rapid calculations. So, if we’re trying to triage a particularly difficult virtualization problem, my bet is that Aiko could do this pretty quickly (at least going down all of the probable fault paths using something like an Ishikawa diagram). I know many of us have often heard something along the lines of, “Well, if we can send someone to the moon, why can’t we (fill in the blank)?” So my question is, “Well, if we can build an Aiko, why can’t we have truly far-reaching automation within IT?”
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