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Originally posted by regal
Have you ever watched the Matrix .
The robots took over in the end
The later being very much harder ,test it , try sitting in silence on your own for 1 hour , ill bet you cant because you will find yourself wanting to get away from your self
Originally posted by PurityOfPeace
If that ever did become a reality, I doubt there would be many of us left to find out what it would be like.
I also don't think it would be too great. As soon as the robots reached a certain level of intelligence things could get ugly. Hal-9000 comes to mind, can you imagine twenty of them building your house. There would be booby traps all over the place!
Even if it did become a reality and the robots obeyed our every desire, humans would get bored very quickly and violence would quite possibly be the result of those frustrations.
Originally posted by crontab
American culture largely places the supreme indentity of humanity upon work. It springs from the calnvinist idea that man's place in the world is to work, and work hard. When people don't have to work, it can hurt this identity. That is why, even when Americans get so rich they don't have to work anymore, most continue working. Rather, when we make more money, we simply find more ways to spend it.
If our society were centered around some sort of spiritual goal, people wouldn't work as hard. People with enough money, would work less. You may think this is a good idea, but I don't think it is for anyone. Further, when people don't have to work for anything, it eliminates any even marginally objective 'reality'. Without need for money, people will have no overridding factor, which will keep them out of some virtual world. I predict eliminating the need for work, will lead to even more people using virtual, online worlds until a good portion of the population loses any sense of reality. Next, we need to wonder if society can survive under this system. Can we have democracy of people with absolutely no conception of the 'real' world. What kind of ethics will these people have? If death is eliminated from the virtual world, what will stop people from simply becoming suicidal like the Antlanteans supposedly did.