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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What will the future be like?

What will the future be like?

According to some robotics experts, in the next 20 years we will reach a tipping point where humans are no longer in control and machines are the main locus of control in society. Watch the documentary Future Dimensions by clicking on the picture and visiting Aeon Film.
What will the future be like?
According to expert Anders Sandberg, on the surface society will appear similar to today. However on the level of our values, these will fundamentally change.
When we think about the Victorian era, if a Victorian were to walk around in 2014 they wouldn’t find the technology so shocking, it would be our values that would be the most abhorrent to them, such the modern day rights of gay and transgender people.
Likewise, if we were to step into the future 100 years from now, the moral fibre of society would have changed dramatically.
We need to start thinking about the ethical ramifications of developing robots to the extent that artificial consciousness is equal in sophistication to human consciousness.
This throws up lots of novel questions, like do robots have rights? For example when sex robots are used as slaves, at what level of consciousness and intelligence do we accord these robots rights as sentient beings


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