The Week contest - Robots
What is the next complicated task that robots should take out of our hands to save us from ourselves?
Welcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.
Last week's question: Google is working on a self-driving car, and the automakers hope to follow suit — out of recognition that, overall, humans are pretty bad at driving. What is the next complicated task that robots should take out of our hands to save us from ourselves?
THE WINNER: Going to the gym where I bought a membershipJohn Malatesta, New York CitySECOND PLACE: Untangling Christmas lightsGinny Schaller, Houghton, Mich.THIRD PLACE: LegislatingJim Rauff, Decatur, Ill.HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Navigating customer service call menu optionsJeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, Va. Filling out our taxesCarl Schack Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio Selecting our spouse (to lower the divorce rate)William W. Lowe, Red Lion, Pa. Raising childrenMarsha Einhorn, New York City Putting on our makeup while we driveKaren Mikula, Mokena, Ill. DatingGreig Fields, Katonah, N.Y. Speaking on the phoneJohn Crouse, Bethel, Conn. VotingPaul Binder, Bellevue, Wash. Assembling the tent on a camping tripAlan Parven, Commerce Township, Mich. Operating firearmsNicholas Jozefczyk, Macomb, Mich. Finding gluten-free, low-carb, low-acid, organic lunchesAlex Goldklang, Astoria, N.Y. Timely taking out of the garbageDick LaVine, New York City Texting, while doing anything elseBrett Howard, Washington, D.C. Programming the VCRKen Radziwanowski, East Windsor, N.J. Telling you if that dress really does make you look fatKrista Zaruba, Lauderdale, Minn. Putting the toilet seat downIan Schlentner, Tempe, Ariz.
Saying "please" and "thank you"Joanne Sullivan, Maspeth, N.Y. Interpreting the ConstitutionRichard Schiff, Oakland, Md. Visiting the in-lawsMarcia Allen, Palo Alto, Calif. Selecting Valentine’s Day giftsGreg Hinson, Scranton, Pa. Map-foldingKate Keesee, Suffolk, Va. Screwing in a light bulbMark McGann, Austin Enacting gun control legislationAmy Bosch, Seattle Being marriedDave Stonesifer, Mohnton, Pa. Teaching teenage boys table mannersNaomi Brody, West Hempstead, N.Y.