Friday, August 15, 2014

Can Exchange with a Robot Be Euvoluntary?

Can it?

Work is the price we pay to get the things we want. If that price drops to near zero, isn't that cause for celebration? Or is dignity irreversibly tied to labor? So much of human history (especially the written parts) are bound up in the things people do to produce goods and services, it strains the imagination to picture the alternatives.

Even if we could more accurately imagine what a post-labor world would resemble, what influence do we have here and now in shaping its institutions? Is it even our duty to do so? Does the knowledge problem vanish when contemplating future events?

From the point of view of the post-robot revolution, we're behind a Rawlsian veil. Be a help and not a burden.

h/t Other Sam

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Do you have suggestions on where we could find more examples of this phenomenon?