Human fascination with machines dates back to the dawn of our civilization.
Though we’ve worked at it ever since, it wasn’t until recently that the dream of harnessing the power of a robot began to seem not so far-fetched, after all.
There’s certainly still a long way to go when it comes to developing a reasonably human-like robot, but it has never been so clear that soon the day will come when we will have them among us.
Now, British scientists are one step ahead of everybody.
Editors thoughts: Let’s say this came to pass. Under our present form of Gov people work. When they work they pay taxes. The Gov uses those taxes to help others who may need help and as we all know the lazy jerks that are the leaches of society who want something for free (but free is paid for by taxpayers). So here lies a problem that we can prove based on the last few years economic problems.
a. When the economy slows down less people work, but the Gov spending does NOT slow down. Actually is grows because even more people need help. They are out of work, unemployed and therefore Gov spending increases, but the Gov intake through taxes decreases because less are working. Sounds complicated, but it is not.
b. Now lets assume we make robots able to do the things humans can do. GREAT !!! “Absolutely not”. Robots will not pay taxes. They will take the place of humans who do pay taxes. If they make a robot that do the work of 50K people then what do the 50K people do? Go draw welfare or unemployment, food stamps, Social Security. Go on Gov health care, etc. Sure!
c. Wait who pays for those programs? People (humans) that work and pay taxes. No problem we will just tax those evil rich people. They make plenty of money. But wait again. They own businesses and they use the money they make to pay employees. Sure they do but they still make huge profits.
d. So those who are successful and make huge profits. They have the incentive, the drive, the abilities, the attitudes to make big money. You take that away from them and what have you got? They could take the attitude of – I am smart, know how to build a business and hire lots of workers “and” make me millions in profit but if your going to take that option away, screw it all.I will sit on my ass and let the Gov take care of me too.
e. Part of the problem is you punish performance. You punish those who make it. You punish those who can become millionaires and while doing so create jobs for so many. It took me a long time to figure this out so I understand why some people do not see it when they are young. And some do not see it when they get older because they have been blinded for so long. I can go on and on but I think you see my point.
f. Robots doing what humans can do have made products like cars better because they can do the welding and other tasks so precise. But when robots can take your food orders at fast food places, serve you the food and do all the things humans can do there, what do you think the impact will be?
CATISTROPHIC is what it will be.
Oh and before you say IMPOSSIBLE, NEVER HAPPEN. Think again. Cars used to be welded by man, not robots do it. Machines sort packages, and do so many things these days. Man will never go into space either, but we did.