Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like?
Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or “ems.” Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human.
Two major logical issues with Robin’s thesis.
1/ equating the connectome with understanding intelligence. The connectome is certainly part of the picture, the modulome is at least as important – the biochemical modulators of synaptic connections and wider neuronal function. In terms of raw computational grunt I strongly suspect the modulome will outweigh the connectome, and both are required. We have a long way to go in our understanding, and scanning will need to be at the molecular level.
2/ The continuation of using scarcity based valuation mechanisms in an age of abundance. Markets cannot deal meaningfully with universal abundance – they must always assign a value of zero or less.
If we want any sort of reasonable security in our future, the dominant social systems need to be based on widely and deeply distributed trust networks with diverse value bases. Common measures of value are not even a logical possibility in an age of real freedom – value sets (outside of the basics of life and liberty) can only diverge. Money and market measures of value must become bit players in the social systems of our future.
That is something most economists have a hard time even conceiving, let alone accepting.