Robots

Robots Will Create ‘Permanently Unemployable Underclass’

Only if we allow market values to dominate over human values.

To my mind the whole point of this exercise is to clear establish a value hierarchy – and then develop technical and social technologies compatible with it:
1/ Human life (actually all self aware life);
2/ Individual liberty.

Having human life as the prime value means that we have to be conscious of our connection to the biological world that supports us, and the many levels of things that make us happy and fulfilled, and thus we must think about the consequences of our actions, and take all reasonable steps to mitigate any adverse effects on others and the environment we share.

Having freedom (liberty) as a value is not a licence to do whatever comes to mind, it is a freedom that acknowledges the reality of consequences, and is responsible for consequences. All actions, even inaction, has consequences.

Having human freedom as a value comes with a logical requirement to empower individuals with appropriate technologies that enable them to do whatever they responsibly choose.

The science is very clear – human beings are basically cooperative apes. We have evolved to live cooperative lives.
None of us lives in isolation.
Individual liberty exists in a social context.
It is possible to characterise all major advances in evolution as the emergence of new levels of cooperation.
It is time for the emergence of global levels of cooperation, which empower each of us in our individual freedom.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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