Let robots replace Tepco workers

It seems that almost daily the amateurs at Tokyo Electric Power Co. plead that human error has caused some disruption in the cooling or radioactive water containment procedures at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Perhaps it is time for Tepco to start deploying robots to replace these workers.

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  • khknys

    That might be true, but doesn’t that bring up the same argument with auto-piloted aeroplanes?
    We know for a fact that, I’ve forgotten how many percent it was but anyways, a large number of aeroplane crashes are caused by human errors. Aeroplanes, with its auto-pilot system and sophisticated programmes, can fly on its own. The question is, though, when you need to fly across the Pacific, would you prefer unmanned aeroplane? I don’t think so.
    Leaving the task on robots’ hands is like that; except the passenger is the people, the aeroplane is the islands of Japan, and the pilot, well, TEPCO, whether you like it or not.

  • Starviking

    Seeing that robots cannot even handle seemingly easy tasks without extensive programming, I doubt replacing workers at Fukushima with them will help at all.
    A case in point: a few months ago Honda’s ASIMO failed in its job as a museum guide when it couldn’t distinguish people raising their cameras to take pictures from people raising their hands to ask a question.