Re: the robot scenario

John Blanco-Losada (
Sat, 16 Nov 96 15:11:12 -0500

Max M wrote:

>if robots start to rebel against
>us what is there to stop us in developing new robots that will be on our
>side (Using something like the three laws of robotics.)?
>They will have all the advanteges that the other robots will have plus what
>we can add.

True, unless the robots pass the point where their cognitive and/or
manufacturing capabilities exceed ours. In other words, if their
"brains" can develop new advances faster than ours (and remember, they
would be able to redesign their hardware and software from scratch, while
we are currently stuck with what nature's handed us) we'll lose the
technological race. Or if their resources exceed ours to a great degree,
which would be the case if we cede our spacefaring efforts totally to the
robots, then they will win the war of attrition.

Yet another reason why (trans)humanity needs to get itself into space to
prevent total annihilation...

John Blanco-Losada "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - M. Gandhi