Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Thursday, 3 August 2023

On robots that invade our homes, world, and societies

Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader :


It has become commonplace that when registering for any electronic purchase order, computers asks you, "Are you a robot or a human being? So you become the one that makes a relevant tick on the sidelines of the answers to confirm that one is not a robot. The robots have become more efficient and programmed, while providing excessive answers to questions or to those presented by humans. In the past, we used to learn about the robots that only move, but nowadays we are talking about the robots which manufacturers want to effect miracles relevant to human feelings. 


A few days ago, social networking sites were buzzing with news about an alleged marriage of billionaire and owner of Twitter, namely Elon Musk to one of his robots. Later, it was, revealed that this news report is unfounded or rather a fake piece of news.


But humans thought at the time that the goal behind this fake piece of news was to spread fake ideas about the sacrament of marriage, which is a spiritual and physical communion between a man and a woman. Yet in this case, it becomes an artifact of the life partner according to what the first partner discerns in this regard to be the companion for the whole life. Of course, this piece of news received numerous comments from the public, yet it indicates the extent to which we may reach degrees of thinking about robots which have no limits in artificial intelligence. In this regard, we thank the Almighty God Who created natural feelings in humans, as well as created sane humans, perceptive, thoughtful, and full of feelings, a matter all the technologies of the world cannot incorporate in the robot.


Will the robots be omnipresent and will it become a substitute for humans in a number of centers, factories, and offices? This makes  some businessmen consider reducing the wages of their employees, or rather dispensing with hard-working employees who are full of honesty, sincerity, friendliness, and feelings. Of course, this would reflect  negatively on human beings who want to work at a time when they are replaced by robots that apply only instructions without thinking and without considering options.


Our hope is that humanity will complete the procession of technology, science, development and invention, but we have to distinguish between human beings--who are created by the Creator at a time when no creative and excelling force can come up with the like-- and the robots who are made to serve humans but not to be a substitute for humans, especially in marital partnership and family life that have no substitute. Furthermore, let us preserve the rightful right of humans, rather than robots, to  ensure them enrollment in  honorable and noble work that supports them and their families.