Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

Why build Robots?


Well, just imagine that you have two robots at home. There are some things that you like to do, like rearranging the living room. So naturally you do that. Though you might call one of your robots to help you with some heavy item.

Then there are things that you don't particularly like to do. You do them because somebody has to do them. So you tell one of your robots to wash the dishes and store them. Another you tell to make up the beds and clean the house. Perhaps you don't like to mow the lawn, so you tell your robot to do that.

What you would like to do is planning a party; so you do that yourself. Possibly you would like to go swimming, play tennis, take a walk, or investigate the workings of our society; so naturally you do that.

Really, with today's technology, it is ridiculous to have to worry about material needs, about getting and maintaining a house, getting clothing and food. Build robots to do that for you!

But what about work? Possibly some Monday you just won't care to go to work. Send your robot! Then there is some activity you really would like to do, only it doesn't pay much. Do it anyhow.But where will the money come from? Well, there has to be a way to get money to the people, so that enterprises can sell things and people can buy them. Have a look at Social dividend (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now). for one way to do this. There may be others.

At the beginning, when there are only a few robots around, there will still be much paid work to do. But as robots get more plentiful, the working hours per week will shrink -- see How to avoid Unemployment (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)..

Finally we will reach a state where everybody has a few robots of his own and they will take care of all material things. Paid work will not exist anymore and we will only do what we really like to do.

For an extensive treatment of this question, see Richard Greenhill's article:The Original Idea (Exterior link).


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Last Edited 25 April 2013 / Walter Fritz
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