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The Culture!
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:26pm

That's the best-case outcome as regards AI and automation, and one I embrace,as well.

The big stumbling block, of course, is capitalism. As it stands, the benefits of these advances look likely (in the shorter term, anyway) to benefit the few to the enormous detriment of the many.

  • ...then AI and robotic assistance will do the do. Of course, ascendant AI will rapidly run off and leave us behind, I think. But, in its wake, we'll have new generations of machines that will be able ... more
    • Star Trek universe, the only people who work are those who want to. This was also discussed in significant detail by Asimov in his "Robots" novels specifically contrasting Earth with the "Spacer"... more
      • When people no longer have to work ...Mondo Fuego™, Wed Nov 29 2:52pm
        ... you will see a dramatic rise in crime, violence and decadence. Work tends to keep people focused on value, ethics and morals.
        • Oh, then what about the mammountt of crime we have ?Christopher Blackwell, Sun Dec 3 6:10pm
          Mondo Fuego™, We seem to have the highest crime rate in a first world country and far more people in prison. Few first world nations have as long a work week as we do.
    • The Culture! — Poppet, Wed Nov 29 1:26pm
      • I Would Like To Think...Amadeus, Wed Nov 29 1:38pm
        ...that an ascendant AI unburdened by emotion would find the unnecessary destruction of life wasteful, and therefore wouldn't go out of its way to destroy us. Emotions only help us, I think, as I... more
        • killing us could be FAR more efficient than continuing to spend resources on feeding/sheltering/clothing/pampering billions of human beings... Yes, killing us off might require a significant... more
        • I'm undecided on that.Poppet, Wed Nov 29 3:11pm
          The possibility of AI becoming an existential threat to humanity wasn't what I was referring to, though. I was talking about the likelihood that the potentially liberating effect of increasingly... more
      • I think the transition TO a post-shortage economy is probably one of the most dangerous times socially... Because from the time that automation starts to the time that it is TOTALLY complete, there... more
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