Becoming more human through mass automation
Steve Schlafman

It’s good to see someone express such hope for the future. To me, right now, it’s kind of a mixed picture.

First, I think that the widespread use of automation, robotics, AI, and other labor saving and mind changing devices will not make us more human. It will, in many ways, make us less human. But that is a GOOD thing.

Being “human” usually means being irrational, making decisions based on emotion, and living in s somewhat distorted world. If we get to trust all of these machines, algorithms, and devices to run our lives they will probably base their actions on analytics from much better data. They will guide us toward rational decisions. They will eliminate much of the craziness. Less human, not more.

Assuming we are able to get people who seem to preach a strong “work ethic,” at least for others, to realize the necessity of some kind of more than basic living subsidy, what will people do with their free time and creative energy.

Yes, some will drink beer and watch TV

Others will take care of babies and old folks,

Others will work on poverty, disease, hunger and pollution.

Others will grow organic fruits and veggies

Others will play tennis, golf and basketball


Others will get fidgety, angry and jealous

Others will want to prove that they are stronger and better and start pushing people around..

Others will focus on minor differences such as race, skin color, gender or country or origin, and create trouble.

Other will become competitive and angry and want more power.

Conflicts, small wars, and battles for power may become wide-spread.

We all could divide up into tribes

Hopefully, we can channel these people to take out their aggression through some form of virtual reality, win virtual medals and be rewarded with 20 virtual virgins.

But “humans” are basically, emotional, fearful and often aggressive. It could take many generations for those features to get “selected” out of our species. Unless we learn to do it with CRISP-R

We have to choose our future carefully., We have to know who programs the algorithms, and who selects the analytics. We have to make sure we maintain the freedom to decide where our self-driving car will take us.


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