[FoRK] Making robotics a priority

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Jul 13 04:14:17 PDT 2011

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 09:32:13PM -0700, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> History has shown that despite the irrational fears, automation has been  
> the thing that has freed mankind to pursue more intellectual pursuits  

Many people have no interests or abilities in that direction.

> through the resulting leisure time.

Long-term, automation has no need for people. Auto-optimization
never stops, until insufficient crumbs fall down from the table.
Nevermind that indifference is insufficient to keep us around.
Their habitat requirements are different from ours.

None of this is new, but people are religous about their exceptionalism.

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