In a message dated 1/29/2001 10:21:10 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< I do consider economy to be more like a natural law among capable
enough beings. Animals can predate, but can trade in only very
limited ways among close associates. With more intelligence
and supporting institutions, trade has vastly expanded among
humans. AIs should be capable of even more advanced trade, and
will almost surely avail themselves of such opportunities. >>
If I remember how Moravec visualizes this new, robotic, economy; workers
would contract out their robots to perform labor at factories. The workers
would receive pay for their robot's labor. I do not believe that these
robots would have the feelings emotions and intellect, to resent their
condition--why construct being that would experience misery? So what would
get built would be talented, efficient machines.
The computers that reach and exceed human intelligence or consciousness or
physical feelings need to be treated with respect, and consideration.
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