Friday, November 21, 2014

A Robot Must Protect Its Own Existence

In science fiction the three laws of robotics have taken hold as a way to keep people safe from killer robots.  In real life this has not been the case.  In part because robots are not presently intelligent enough to be able to function without direct input or supervision from humans in most cases.

The other reason is that robots are being used for warfare.  Drones are an excellent example of robots doing work that humans don't want to do because it's not safe.  Unlike fully independent robots, drones still require a human operator, but they are becoming more and more self-reliant.

We need to look at our society and make some choices.  How can we employ everyone if machines are doing much of the work?  Will there be enough jobs if machines are doing most of the work?  Do we all want to grow up to design robots and to paint each others fingernails?  How will society look if there are no entry level jobs because they are all done by robots?  We need to devise answers now while we still can; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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