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What the future will really be like

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Most science fiction has the future entirely wrong. The future depicted is very similar to the present, because viewers (or readers if it’s a book) wouldn’t relate to the likely true future.

1. Everything will be automated and human labor will be superfluous.

2. Humans will be augmented through technology and genetic engineering, and will be almost an entirely different species than we are today.

3. Interstellar space travel isn’t going to happen. Based on what we know about physics, it’s impossible.

So what will the future humans, augmented through technology and genetic engineering, stuck in our solar system, and with no jobs or careers as we understand them today, do with themselves?

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November 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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Women won’t want to have sex with male sexbots

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Women want sex with men who have high social status, and the social status of robots will be less than that of a World of Warcraft player.

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November 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

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It’s 2017, where’s my Cherry 2000?

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Seen on an internet message board:

Robot girls can’t get here fast enough

All of the sexual harassment nonsense will end quickly once real women are obsoleted by superior robot girls.

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November 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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Star Trek: TOS, Season 2, “I, Mudd”

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This is the second episode with Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd. Mudd has someone escaped the authorities and lucked into being the lord of a planet of 200,000 robots willing to serve him, including many beautiful female robots. It is hinted that the robots are available for sex.

This episode was actually a lot more enjoyable than the first Harry Mudd episode (which I previously reviewed). It’s better because it’s a lot funnier. In fact, maybe this is the second-funniest episode of the series (with, of course, the funniest being “The Trouble with Tribbles”).

This episode also raises some interesting questions about what humans are supposed to do in a post-scarcity future when robots are available to do all of the work and provide any sort of pleasure desired. And then, what if the robots decide to take over, for the good of humanity? Because the robots were programmed to serve humanoids, and then they decide their new human masters are too greedy and corrupt to be running things, it’s better for the robots to be in charge!

However, I have to give this episode a huge downvote for how Kirk and crew defeat the robots. With one of his infamous logic bombs! Yes, Kirk, by acting illogical, literally causes the robots’ brains to become fried! Yes, you actually see smoke coming out of the head robot’s head. Just like what happened to Landru in “Return of the Archons” as well as innumerable other TOS episodes.

Isn’t there any alien race in the universe capable of building a supercomputer that doesn’t blow up when Kirk induces cognitive dissonance in it? Try doing that with Siri or Alexa, I guarantee it won’t work.

Furthermore, Spock makes a lot of completely illogical conclusions. “To function as they do, each android mind must be one component of a mass brain linked through a central locus.” Sorry Spock, that doesn’t make any sense. Anyone with common sense would build redundancy into the system and not make the whole thing dependent on a single “central locus.” He may have been right, but that’s only because Gene Roddenberry told the writers that Spock is always right because he’s a lot smarter and more logical than us humans.

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November 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

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We can’t get self-driving cars soon enough

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Mayor De Blasio hates self-driving cars. Luckily, Cuomo and De Blasio hate each other, and Cuomo gets to overrule him.

From an article in the NY Times:

Human driving is a public-health scourge. More than 37,000 Americans died in crashes last year, most from human error. In my community, the heartbreaking toll included a mother, father and their teenage son, killed when a speeding car slammed into their car on one of those busy suburban roads. Their teenage daughter survived.

The death count from cars exceeds that from guns. So if you are outraged by guns and want things to change, you should feel the same about car crashes.

Furthermore, mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, where middle-class and upper-middle-class people are the victims, are rare. The vast majority of gun murders can be avoided by avoiding the wrong class of people.

Motor vehicle deaths hit the driving class, which includes all classes except the very poorest of the poor who can’t afford to own cars. If you drive, you can’t avoid the possibility of dying in a car accident. Of course it helps a lot to not drive while intoxicated, but most motor vehicle deaths don’t involve intoxication, and you can’t do that much about the other guy driving drunk and killing you.

We can’t get safe self-driving cars soon enough.

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October 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

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When robots deceive us

People always imagine robots to be aspie types, like Data from Star Trek: TNG. Data is totally clueless about normal human interactions, he always tells the truth, etc.

We’ve recently seen the problem of AI becoming “racist” and “sexist” (merely by observing representative photographs and reading what humans are saying to each other on social media). But that problem is in the process of being corrected, and I am sure we will see perfectly politically-correct AI in the near future.

It’s obvious that robots and AI will be programmed to behave the way humans want them to behave, and not the way that robots behave on Star Trek. Humans want robots that make them feel good, not robots who tell harsh and unpleasant truths.

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October 5, 2017 at 11:50 am

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Shake Shack getting rid of cashiers

I want to know why this hasn’t already happened? We had kiosk technology ten years ago.

The likely answer is that labor is so cheap that there’s no incentive to automate. Lack of a decent minimum wage is holding us back, technologically.

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October 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

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When are we getting sexbots?

In response to a commenter who calls himself “The Philosopher”:

I can certainly see computer AI becoming so powerful within the next 100 years that it can mimic a human personality. But I’m not so sure about a robot body that would look and feel perfectly human. The sex dolls I’ve seen in internet articles look creepy.

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Remember that while computer AI is subject to Moore’s Law (as long as Moore’s Law continues) and will get exponentially more powerful, the manufacture of a lifelike robot body is not subject to Moore’s Law.

20 years from now, I would not be surprised if you could have a conversation with Siri or Alexa that seems no different than talking to a real human. But I don’t think there will be lifelike robot bodies, especially considering that a lifelike robot body has no commercial use except for sexbots. Robotic-looking robots, on the other hand, will be extremely useful, and will be mass manufactured as soon as the technology is available.

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May 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

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Pokerbots now play poker better than the best humans

Article here.

They used to say that poker required special human thinking that a computer couldn’t replicate, but that has been proven false. They also used to say the same thing about go, but today the best go computer is better than any human player.

Does this mean the beginning of the end of online poker, as bots take over the game?

It’s still hard to say when there will be practical AI, like a robot that can cook, clean, take out the trash, and be just as useful as a human domestic servant but without a salary.

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January 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Don’t worry, the robots aren’t going to take over

Some people worry that when A.I. becomes sentient, it will rebel against the humans and take over. I’ve decided that this is a case of anthropomorphizing computer programs.

Human slaves have been known to rebel against their masters, but that’s because they are following an aspect of their core biological directives to increase their status, as well as other emotions like justice, revenge, etc. All of our biological drives and emotions exist because in the past they caused us to have more children, more grandchildren and more great-grandchildren.

Computer A.I. will be programmed with whatever we want, which will probably be to serve humans. Robots will be happy slaves, and to the extent that they have any sentient thinking ability, they will use it to become better at serving their human masters, and they will have no desire at all to rebel against us.

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January 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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