In my opinion, the latest prototypes of robots that are being released to the market are much more intelligent and able to interact with humans safely than the industrial robots to use, which allows them to leave the restricted industrial environment where until now they were held. These capabilities are due, in large part, to the cooperative and sensitive strategies they use; maybe artificial intelligence has realized that cooperation is the best strategy to evolve.
The robots have learned to cooperate with each other to be similar to humans, however, for humans this is increasingly difficult. Although robots have made great strides by becoming increasingly sensitive, we must be insensitive to social problems such as unemployment, environmental deterioration, and even ourselves.
The machine of global competition, of economic war, of the accumulation of power can not be stopped. Although modern engineering is discovering the superior qualities of cooperation, our economic machine has competition as its only mechanism. (Or maybe not, maybe, deep down, automation makes us more sustainable, but based on the rebound effect).
It would be desirable for us to learn to cooperate by means other than poverty, catastrophe and the renunciation of industrial civilization. We should be able to see that the double permanent war in which we live: war between us and war against nature, is useless, unnecessary and absurd. But that requires something that machines do not have and that between humans does not abound either: conscience. It would require that, instead of being driven by the machine of capitalist competition towards the over-exploitation of nature, inequality and climatic disaster, we should evolve as living beings and organize ourselves to solve these problems that are putting us on the verge of collapse.
At the moment we are proving to be unintelligent when it comes to cooperating and solving global problems. The dazzling technological advances, such as robotics, we only know how to use to make our unsustainability even deeper. Because there is an automation that is devastating our society, but it is not that of machines but that of human thought.