Saturday, January 14, 2017

Near Future: We need people, just not so many



It is Marcus' contention that in the near Future, and by that I mean before January 1st 2030, technology will have advanced to such a level that currently Advanced Industrial Societies will have moved to societies where most people, say >80% are not required to produce goods or services.

And further that Local Machines not Outsourcing to lower cost economies will be the means of production.  [ I also make the claim that currently outsourced Partner countries of today will be totally and utterly screwed]

I will try to justify these claims and thoughts in later writing, for now I want to consider what rules future Artificially Intelligent machines or Robots might follow.


Pessimistic Caveats


  • This applies to Advanced Societies only, currently people top Heavy Developing countries will be excluded
  • This makes the assumption that we have not Blown ourselves up by then
  • The assumption is that the World has not been overtaken by any backward, intolerant, totalitarian Religion which neither understands, contributes to, nor sees the need for Scientific Research, Development or Application.

This line of thought came about whilst I happened to be reading the 22 page draft of


from the European Parliament  Committee on Legal Affairs


I can only summarise was Isaac taught me as a child:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law





Alan Parsons: I Robot




Topical Links
Intel Driverless Cars
Guardian: Protecting Society