Originally Posted by Animekitty
With needs met, people will spend time doing what they want to do. But only if they are not starving to death. No job = no money. No money = no food. So unless we give people money or robots give people free stuff, riots will happen. People can vote. When the robots come it will be Trump times ten. Driverless cars will displace many workers first. Besides all that, I get 659 a month. I spend all my time on the computer.
I understand how feedback loops create intelligence. I am waiting for A.I. to become smart enough that it will be a real assistant. And I am waiting for the virtual reality internet to become available so I have more stuff to do. Most people in the future will be satisfied with playing video games like it is right now. Stuff to do is not hard to find. Lack of money and socialization does hinder people somewhat. Technology can fix this
Okay, but where does it end?
Will you really be satisfied when you can experience the internet in VR? Or will you placate yourself with it while you wait for the next anticipated technological development?
Will having an AI assistant put you in control and make everything better or will it essentially remove your direct connection with the world, resulting in a diminished sense of place within a greater context and a lack of meaning for your own life?
I'm of the understanding that to put one's faith in the expectation of a utopic future that will make everything better is akin to simply resigning: undermining your ability to shape your own future; handing over your influence on the present to others.
AI. VR. AR.
These are all just acronyms for what are essentially tools. Tools to make the things people are currently doing easier. Tools to allow people to reach higher.
An example: Who waited around for personal computers to become a popular thing? Probably nobody. Have they answered all of our problems? No. Will they? Probably not. They're just tools. Tools to make existing tasks easier. Tools that unlock possibilities for new ways to solve problems - but also tools that create their own set of problems. I think this is what you can ultimately expect from new technologies. After all, what's the point of acquiring new technology if you don't have anything useful to do with it?