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I propose a world with our "work" or "jobs" based around education and machines/robotics doing our actual work.

Less time working. More time learning. More leisure time with family and friends.

Can we turn the money system that we are all part of now into a learning system that will benefit human kind? People have been scared of robotics taking over their "jobs" in the past and present but should this really scare us? In my eyes, this means we are on the verge of evolving from our working system. This would free people from their jobs and allow them to concentrate on what is more important not only for them but for the whole human race. I believe we could use the military's system of pay in the educational system. For each level of education you complete, you are bumped up. What better way to help the human race is there but by giving more incentive to go to school and keep learning through your whole life? Nothing in this world actually costs a thing. It is people charging people. We are focusing our lives too much on money. This money system is taking us down the wrong path.

Robotics are now becoming something that can be used for the greater good. They are not just tools to be used for businesses to profit from. We now see concepts of fully autonomous vehicles. Whole factories can be ran by machines. Soon we will have the technology to apply robotics to many or even most jobs that we think we "have" to do.

Wouldn't this be a bright future? People going to school for life. Our job would be to educate ourselves so that we can help build a better future. Think of the intelligence level of the average person. Think about how much we could improve upon if this system was put in place.


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  • Jul 15 2013: Think this "utopia" will not occur definitely in my lifetime and maybe not in yours. Today's robots and programs can not handle the unanticipated error or change. and you will always have problems that are np-complete.

    In 1990, the Fremont plant for GM was taken over by Toyota and the 1st thing Toyota did was remove 50% of the robots. Having people do the work and switch workstations was faster and quicker and had better quality. Have robots improved, yes but still need people, less but still.
    • Jul 16 2013: Your statement carries an assumption that humans are better at solving NP complete problems than machines are which is 100% false. Any algorithm or heuristic a human can apply a machine can apply MUCH faster. Many of the "limits of computation" limit human beings as well. Sure, a computer can't solve a paradox, but guess what, neither can you! We are all just Turing machines.
      • Jul 16 2013: So all a human being is a turing machine. I hope not. I can not see a turing machine write the works of shakespeare. np complete, at least to my understanding, means the the problem is not solvable within our logic system. If our logic system changes, the np complete problem may become solvable but it will not be solvable by machines until they are upgraded.

        I know that artificial intuition is a area of research but nothing I have read indicates that area is close to matching human intuition yet.

        From Student to Eliza to Watson, all these machines/programs were/are limited.
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        Jul 17 2013: whats the problem with paradoxes
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      Jul 21 2013: Hi Wayne,

      I think calling this a "utopia" is an inaccurate characterization; neither a mass introduction of automated machines, nor the establishment of a resource-based society will be perfect. But, for either or both to happen, we need to start somewhere.

      Robots can only be improved if we continue to build and refine them.

      Also, I don't think the intention is for robots or computers to take over all creative endeavors. Sure, some people may experiment with a poetry-writing computer, or a robot that sculpts, but it certainly won't supplant someone who desires to be a writer or artist.

      Finally, automation and robots are coming, whether we like it or not. I would like to see this occur within the context of a resource-based society, rather than within our current (monetary) structure, where the robots would simply put people out of work, adding them as a burden to our society.
      • Jul 21 2013: the comment of "utopia" was a touch of sarcasm - 8>)). whether we like it or not even factory work or fixing an engine sometimes requires a type of creative thinking.

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