The Artificial Man

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Freedom, Capitalism and Robot Ownership

The expansion of simulated human culture, which ironically functions and exists in the real world, started with the industrial revolution.  It was during this era that man began to shift responsibilities onto inanimate and non-conscious objects and machines which lessened the workload of his accountabilities.

Though small at first, the evolution of industrialism and technological conveniences brought with it a sort of unnatural and simulated interaction with the physical world.  This interaction was based on a third dynamic which was inserted in between man and the natural world.  Washing machines, trains, ovens, dishwashers, hydraulic systems, power systems, electricity, telecommunication, computers, and even cameras, all contributed to man using less of the organic and physical capabilities provided to him.  From strong hands to brain memory, nothing was left untouched. All human functions began to rely on the artificial and simulated characteristics of machines.

The expansion of capitalism rode on the back of the industrial revolution and experienced its best periods as industrialism took hold and job growth was rampant.  Reliance on machines and technology did not just make each individual human life better but it also made the life of corporations better as improved efficiencies and productivity were sought.

The inevitable loss of jobs for the average man which took place was offset by new jobs which required additional skills and improved cognitive abilities.  This created new avenues of human opportunity through the use of trade schools and the expansion of educational curriculums to include specific cultural and socioeconomic considerations.

It was this very transformation of mind and cognitive semi-rationalization which man utilized to expand thought-forms and manufacture a simulated world around him.  Something needed to happen with all the extra time the human brain now had.  The rise of the liberal-left mindset could have very well been a product of this “available” brain activity as it acted on the deficiencies which were epidemic in the young ideals of capitalism.

The trade unions and political movements which emerged to protect the rights of the workers provided the base structure of the future liberal order.  This order would eventually corrupt the original ideals of capitalism and use that system of socioeconomics to strengthen and spread the leftist mandates of socialism.

Keep in mind that these are the broad strokes and each area mentioned in the article is a full on research discussion in itself.  What is important to focus on is that the expansion of worldwide socialism is in fact the liberal-left objective, and the advanced technology which we have at our fingertips today is meant to serve as the Trojan horse for that socialism.

The reason I state this is because when we think of robotics and artificial intelligence we automatically associate them with the loss of jobs and income.  So the natural inclination is to expect that humans will become wards of the state and dependent upon on liberal-left governments to provide the life giving essentials which all humans require.

But this does not need to be so.  Capitalism is not dead and in fact can be used as a method of protecting the rights of the workers and ensuring that all have a means to provide for their own survival.  This can be accomplished by legislation which would prevent corporations from owning and utilizing robots for their own purposes.

Consider that corporations do not own those who work for them. Similar concepts should be considered for functioning robots.

The reliance on human labor to achieve productivity is vanishing.  Nothing will stop that.  But how we respond as a culture and civilization will depend upon the ideals which we incorporate into the path ahead of us.  Socialism does not work long-term and as such should be discarded as a viable alternative to the proven contributions of capitalism.

Something doesn’t feel right about humans owning robots either, though I do see that there could be some new form of relationship which could be developed where humans are remunerated for the productivity of robots which are in the employee of corporations.  Under such a concept the humans would have to be responsible for the robots and the productivity which is expected of them.

The first comparison which comes to mind is that of the relationship between parents and children.  The parents don’t own the children but do have a responsibility to the children.  Robots obviously aren’t children but something along those lines could be established where humans are accountable to ensure the robots have what they need to function in their specific work environment. The employer is responsible to provide a work environment which is conducive to the robots safety and ability to learn and function, much like schools are responsible to ensure children are safe to learn as required.

But what would robots want?  Who knows?  We can only imagine such scenarios.  But I would consider that robots will develop a level of rights which can be attributed to the importance of their interaction within our civilization.

Marianne and I already envision our robot who we have named Click.  He would be a part of our family and we would ensure that his hard drive and memories could always be transferred into new and more advanced technology.  This way he could consciously evolve with us.  It makes Marianne sad to think that Click would have to be sent off to work while we sat home and did other creative things.

Silly as that may sound; we could soon be living in a world where we all have our own Click.  The natural tendency of females towards nurturing is prominent in Marianne’s emotional response to Click going to work for the day.  But in that are both a clue and a key to how we can restructure our culture and socioeconomic framework to accommodate both robot and human needs.

The conservativism which has predominantly paralleled capitalism is having a kind of resurgence.  The traditional family values which have brought the western world to where it is today can once again be used to realign our expectations of government and corporations.  The use of robots as family surrogates and method of income is no more absurd than the simulated existence which has built up around us over the last 300 years.

Technology has continued to reduce human hardship.  There is no reason why that should not continue.  Socialism does not contribute to the permanent reduction of human hardship.  The ideals of freedom and capitalism, in the pursuit of personal fulfillment and the return on time and labor, are the proven methods by which civilization can move itself into the world of tomorrow.

Further fragmentation of the human experience will not take us in the direction in which we need to travel.  A return to reason and sound socioeconomic principles can facilitate the transformation which needs to happen.

The conservative ideals can be used to embrace and promote a new concept of relationship between humans and robots.  The variables involved in such a transition would require that robots have specific level designations dependent upon their capability to be semi-conscious, as well as productivity and function, with comparable rights to protect them from the abuses of both individual humans and corporations.

The legal systems of man will be facing the robot and artificial conundrum in the very near future.  Questions are already be asked and discussed about this topic.  We need to stay anchored to the natural and organic truth that wealth is the accumulation of human time and labor.  This begs the question about what will humans be doing with their time and how will they be laboring?  Both will need creative responses which consider all of the above.  – JC

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JC Collins can be contacted at jcollins@philosophyofmetrics.com