What if robots got a bigger role in society than they have today?

By | May 20, 2012
I like the idea of putting robots to work for maintaining enough government income and minimum quality of life for the people. I'm sure Greece would like that too. I'm also sure that the finance sector would hate it. I mean, that's _their_main source of income and power control. Talk about sweet revenge.

But, more seriously: The question also begs a bigger question, that of the fundamental difference between humans and robots, namely that humans are irrational beings, and robots are rational beings. Robots and algoriths will have to somehow account for irrationality – something incredibly difficult to do, as numerous fictional works allude to. Think about Data's challenging encounter with his emotion chip for a very prominent example; for some thought-provoking fiction this weekend, take a look at this excellent short story: http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/robotandbaby/robotandbaby.html

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One thought on “What if robots got a bigger role in society than they have today?

  1. Paul Reuter

    Loaded question, worthy of discussion.

    I am for: minimum standards of living.
    I am against: lazy welfare state.

    How do we motivate humans to perform beyond their basic hand-to-mouth existence requirements? We really can't. Throughout all of history, humans have only needed to 1: find food 2: pro-create.

    If robots farmed, and delivered food, and filtered water, … would we really need more? NO! Will we want more? YES, obviously.

    Let the pro-active, entrepreneurial spirit thrive, and let the lazy just barely survive… about as good as they did maybe a few hundred years ago.

    The problem then becomes: How does a motivated individual rise up from the dregs of society? This is the question. How can we, as humans, encourage those who wish better for themselves to take it into their own hands to make the world better?

    Further still, how do we maintain the machines? Education will need to be passed down. The machines will surely need attention, and if not for maintenance, for advancement. And IF for advancement, then let the human who advances the machines be rewarded with all the world's blessings.

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