- gary marinin
- Worcester, MA
- United States
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What would be the implications of research and development projects being mostly funded by the private sector instead of the Pentagon?
The Pentagon funds most robotics research and development programs, but what would happen if it is was mainly funded by private industry, the space program, or an environmental change response agency? Would there be different social issues and challenges? Would the purposes of robots be more consumer based instead of military?
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the role of technology's use in the future? Do you have trust or confidence in the ability of the government to regulate the emerging technology, so as to obtain social benefits while mitigating social costs?
What are the assumptions in your opinion? i.e. technology is the only thing influencing social issues, the government isn't lowering their spending and the private sector is just upping theirs, or robotics wouldn't be as military based.