franco b wrote:wsherrick wrote:Perhaps we are designing these robots out of what I believe is the deep and profound desire to obtain the unobtainable. To achieve perfection. The whole push of Human History is to climb back up from our fall from Grace to put it in Christian terms. A living being has the spark of the unknowable, the spark of the Divine. We can make choices. Some of us like Green others like Purple. We have the ability to think in abstract terms. You mentioned the built in knowledge and instinct of animals. Somehow they have those traits put into them. We don't even understand how that happens. We want to be like God and try to create a being in our own image. I don't think it'll ever happen.
Nicely put, but that desire to forever improve things is also programed in. Thoreau lamented that because of the pressures of his civilization he had lost some of the wisdom he had been born with.
There is also the possibility of the hybrid, part man, part machine. The use of artificial limbs or a pace maker are primitive examples.
I think we have the, "instinct," to improve our situation by gathering wealth for ourselves if possible. This coupled with our natural curiousity leads to things like discovery and invention. Mankind lived for thousands of years with almost no improvement in his situation. Kings and soldiers of the King got their wealth by plundering it from somebody else and they got it by robbing it from the poor people who were in servitude to them. All of a sudden just a few centuries ago humans suddenly started improving their lot. What happened to change what had been the norm for most all of history?