I will admit to being somewhat of a robophobe, although these robotic arms are downright friendly-looking compared to the nightmares that they are building over at Boston Dynamics. I suppose building machines that would eliminate or at least reduce human drudgery is probably a good thing, but as we near the capability to make a machine that can do anything a man can do, I start to wonder what is the endgame going to look like? What would we do with our time if litterally anything you wanted to do could be done by a machine instead? A guess designing a gasifier would still be fun, even if your robot did all the welding…?
I used to be a bit concerned about “the singularity” but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a bit of a catch-22. For an artificial intelligence to enter into exponential growth of its own intelligence, it first needs to be super intelligent. Humans are not super intelligent, so we would need to build the first generation bit-by-bit. Accidentally putting together a super-intelligence is probably as likely as going into your shop and accidentally putting together an airplane, so I figure we will probably have lots of chances to back out before Skynet version 1.0 comes online, and starts grinding us up for gear-oil.
That being said, It might be worth brushing up on our electromagnitism, in case we need to build a bunch of these in a real hurry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosively_pumped_flux_compression_generator