[FoRK] Making robotics a priority

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Jul 12 23:19:24 PDT 2011

Practically everyone is rich in practically every way compared to 100 years ago (or 50, or 20), unless you are counting the number 
of people that work for you.  Horsepower, food, safety, comfort, clothing, hygiene, information, correct knowledge and ways to 
get/keep/use it, entertainment, travel, longevity (how much would that have cost you in the 1800s?), etc.

So, sure, "the rich".  Which, for "first world" environs, means pretty much everyone.

Fully realized robotics / AI / nano and similar (pick 2) are going to make current day seem similarly impoverished.

On 7/12/11 10:25 PM, Adam L Beberg wrote:
> Trivially disprovable I'm afraid, but fixable with s/mankind/the rich/
> Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote on 7/12/2011 9:32 PM:
>> History has shown that despite the irrational fears, automation has been
>> the thing that has freed mankind to pursue more intellectual pursuits
>> through the resulting leisure time.


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