Is the electronic universe what we really want in life? We are presently bombarded with this electronic universe in our daily lives. Where do we want to go with this?
I recently saw a news report that a humanoid robot has now been put into the international space station. They are expecting this robot to work side by side with humans on the station, both in the station and on spacewalks. Years ago when visiting the Long Beach Aquarium, I saw the robot Asimo perform on display. I remember them saying that to give the robot the ability to walk and balance they had to give it the ability to learn and adapt. They no doubt have made progress on this technology and, by their website, they have released increasingly advanced versions of Asimo. The Superbowl saw an enormous half-time electronic display. The Enchantress has a little robot vacuum cleaner in hir house. To what degree do we want technology integrating with our lives. If certain technologies have indeed become conscious. Is this something we want?
When I think about the things I value in this life, the list is relatively short: Chocolate. The most delicious foods. Sex. Positively connecting socially with the people and environment around me. Comic books. Great music. Creating beautiful things. Ice blocking.
There are more, but when I think about the basics, they don’t necessarily involve electric technologies and, actually, although some people may think robots are cool and all, by creating robots or other machines as conscious beings to “live” and function side by side us does not sound useful at all! Perhaps for a machine to do a repeated task, that sounds fine, but if we bring in a literally conscious machine, I see no actual difference between the conscious machine being a slave and a human being a slave. As such, I am very against creating conscious machines.
And even if we create and have conscious humanoid robots, what happens when they rebel and start to demand their freedom? And what about that it creates a whole new gigantic web of need for the machines to have “tech support.” Medicare for machines!!!!
Please people, as human beings we have enough creation to maintain as it is. Plus, my list of things I value does not include a humanoid robot companion. If that’s what you want, you need to get your sh*t together and figure out how to interact with the people around you!
And if you want to download your brain into a machine, you are just crazy. Just call off those Cherubims at the tree of life and partake of the fruit thereof and live forever! Please people!!!!!!
Cheers! as I bite into another delicious piece of chocolate.