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Old January 22nd, 2018, 05:46 PM   #1
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Old January 22nd, 2018, 06:03 PM   #2
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Technology has a hidden price too

We should use as much tech as we need to keep society moving forward.

Just bear in mind that technology involves tradeoffs - we don't have to grow our own crops nor meat animals, for instance. @ the same time, few of us know how to butcher animals or reap crops, & how to apply the processes needed to turn corn into flour, or a pig on the hoof into chops.

The same situation arises throughout our technology - it used to be easy to replace tubes in an early radio or TV - but most modern sets are scarcely repairable @ all - more typically, in high-end devices, @ most you replace motors or subassemblies. If the functions are reduced to microprocessors, it's often easier (& less expensive) to simply replace the entire unit.
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Old January 22nd, 2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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There are two aspects I worry about. One is simple economics. As more technology becomes available there are fewer jobs, and with AI now rampant this is accelerating at a scary rate. So will there be the money available for all the unemployed to have what they need? And even if so, will there be enough for them to have some of what they want?

The other thing is the psychological effect. Humankind was meant to strive and to achieve. Will at best being a dilatant at something give any kind of feeling of self worth to people in this future?
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There are two aspects I worry about. One is simple economics. As more technology becomes available there are fewer jobs, and with AI now rampant this is accelerating at a scary rate. So will there be the money available for all the unemployed to have what they need? And even if so, will there be enough for them to have some of what they want?
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Thanks for your input.

Isn't automation good thing--as it frees up Human's to do more work in other areas? If & when this occurs, why not simply shift the way we view "work" as a society to include more intellectually demanding jobs, provided the "hands-on" jobs become all but obsolete?

I see no reason, in principle, why Automation would be bad for Humanity, other then the complex monetary "Game"/Economic System we have constructed (which should be relatively easily to adjust to in order to account for this shift--in my view, at least)
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There are two aspects I worry about.
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I have concerns as well. The following are previous posts of mine, from elsewhere, relevant to this topic (with slight adjustments). Note--I am only addressing one side of the debate here, and may weigh in with my views on the other side also in time:

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Consider, should we put such Technology in the hands of a population that has demonstrated themselves time and time again not to be nearly ready to handle it? Is there not extreme predictive power indicating that such Tech. would be misused/abused? Do we not consider this same line of reasoning while raising children, for instance? That is, do you put potentially dangerous materials/ect. in the hands/range of children who clearly are not presently equipped to handle it?

For example, an argument could be made for demanding the basic standards of human education/intelligence/logical reasoning/control over their emotions/cooperativeness/ect. ect. be raised to meet our current level of Tech. advancement before proceeding forward with new Tech. Otherwise, the gap between those reasonably displaying the aforementioned qualities and the bulk of the population (who do not display these qualities to any significant level) is becoming ever larger.

This is a legitimate question in many respects, as the consequences of increased Tech. "raise the stakes" both good and bad. Consider the Tech. involved in Kurzweil's Singularity, or creating a Superintelligence (such as in Nick Bostroms book), ect. ect. Just because we may be capable of achieving certain technologies does not necessitate that we do in fact create them (e.g. Nuclear bomb), and there are many profound questions (some of which are ethical in nature) surrounding this topic.

Note: Many other distinct noteworthy arguments could be made on a similar front
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