Perhaps the real danger of robots isn’t them turning on humans ala Terminator, but taking our jobs and thus putting the majority of humanity out of work.
The upside could be a redistribution of wealth in society and an age of leisure. But we’ve been promised such for decades if not centuries and so far it hasn’t exactly happened.
2045: A New Era for Humanity (by 2045ru)
What could possibly go wrong?
An article on the same themes as this little Tumblr, from the Andrew Cohen people (I am not a fan of Cohen’s cult leadership, but it was a good little article).
So often I see apocalyptic predictions as the breakdown of rules and law. For instance in the recent post I put up from the Economist about “machine ethics” the problem was presented as a host of new and uncertain challenges to navigate. But what if the biggest potential problems are actually in the building up of new rules and laws? For instance in patenting DNA strands or even entire species, tracking both all internet activity and all offline activity as the two become merged and the subsequent loss of privacy, etc. Far from “when nothing is sacred, everything is permitted,” fewer and fewer things are escaping the watchful eye of some regulatory agency.
Which should we fear more: the breaking down of current society or the building up of a more oppressive one?
Everything will (probably) be alright.
This blog is interesting. Basically the author thinks that the global financial system will collapse soon and his response is to make his home “resilient.” In practice this seems to be about growing a garden, installing solar panels, and otherwise becoming “off the grid.”
A friend of mine who studies famine thinks this notion is pretty ridiculous, for as he said, “the first thing that happens in a famine is that everybody abandons their farms and heads to the cities in search of food.” It also makes me wonder what would stop a tank filled with guys with machine guns from taking over your resilient home and your vegetable garden if the SHTF.
But who knows, maybe this guy is onto something.