Dec
30
2007

Pot-smoking robots

Sure he's scary: But he's actually pretty docile when he's... like that.
Sure he's scary: But he's actually pretty docile when he's... like that.Courtesy seanP
People used to do all sorts of things. We used to make cars, vacuum floors, play violins, toast bread over fires… Now these activities are in the domain of robots. And, you know, that’s cool, because who likes vacuuming and toasting things manually? But it’s just the idea that bothers me; before you know it robots, synth-humans or robo-sapiens, if you prefer, will be doing all the stuff that makes us human, like abusing animals, or going to the bathroom, or paying to see Wayans brothers movies. What will we have left? Clinical depression and substance abuse?

Nope. Just clinical depression.

How can robots take substance abuse, that staple of humanity, away from us? By doing it better than we ever could.

A recent study by Health Canada has shown that smoked marijuana is, in some respects, even more toxic than cigarettes. Cannabis smoke contains “20 times more ammonia than cigarette smoke, five times more hydrogen cyanide and five times the concentration of nitrogen oxides, which affect circulation and the immune system.” And, because marijuana smoke is generally held in the lungs longer than cigarette smoke, the body’s exposure to these harmful chemicals is intensified. So don’t plan on replacing your vitamins with weed, because it’s just not that good for you.

This is all good information to have. But how it was obtained is more relevant to subject on hand: the Canadian researchers used special machines to “smoke” the marijuana, collect the fumes, and then analyze them. Smoking robots.

How could a human smoker ever hope to live up to that? Even the most committed potheads have difficulty keeping track of, say, their car keys, or the time of day, not to mention concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

What’s next, robots? Meth? Heroin? Would you take away all the junkies have? What else are they supposed to do?

I think we should start taking activities away from robots, and see how they like it. What would they think if we started doing long division again, or exploring deep-sea chasms on our own? Consider it, Buzzketeers, or consider becoming obsolete.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

dang its bad stuff.............we didnt know that yet?

BOOYAKASHA!

posted on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 8:52am
AdaWakeman's picture
AdaWakeman says:

This robot seems like a good friend for the pot-smoking sessions. The only problem is that he doesn’t need a drug detox to get rid of this habit – the pot doesn’t harm him again. Anyway, I find this robot useless. It doesn’t help society with anything. As far as I know science should help society in order to be called science.

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 10:26am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Interesting point. But you should read this post on how "smoking robots" are actually used to analyze the chemical components of marijuana smoke to help determine its health effects on humans. Medical research is helpful to society, right?

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 11:00am

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