Today there are several cures for cancer but they are surpressed because that would threaten profits of the pharmasutical industry and the cancer industry. Marijuana can be used to cure a host of diseases, not least of which is cancer, and hemp can be used industrially to make: oil, plastic, concerete, paper, rope, fabric and many more items. It has a MUCH shorter growing span than trees and is biodegradable and so is more environmentally friendly than petrolium. We could have had free energy a century ago thanks to Tesla but Edison didn’t think that would be profitable. (Make that free, WIRELESS energy, not to mention he had already invented an electric car way back then.) History is littered with examples of scientific breakthroughs that have been ignored or actively surpressed because they are too efficient or are not profitable to those in power. Just because we can have robots and A.I. able to produce stuff we need for free doesn’t mean that would be at all profitable for those in power to allow that technological advent to flourish. Moreover one could also use A.I. to oppress people and control them. It all depends on how the A.I. is written and what it’s purpose is.
Money is power. If one’s needs robots and A.I. to produce stuff in order to compete then how does one get all this tech? Robots require resources in order to be constructed if nothing else. Resources equate to value. Value equates to power. Power is money. Therefore in order to build a robot you need to have money to pay for the physical resources it took to construct them even if you’re not paying for the labor because the construction process may (or may not) be automated.
A.I. need to be written and careful thought need to go into their programming as the more advanced the A.I. the greater the implications of the code. In some ways it’s like raising a child. If you do it well and nurture them they’re more likely to become a productive member of society. If you do it wrong you might have a serial killer on your hands. And in the case of A.I. that individual quite possibly would be a thousand or a million times more intelligent than any human being able to process vast amounts of data. We do not want an antisocial A.I. running around, we do not want Skynet!
Tell me how would you propose programming something like empathy? Or how would you prevent an A.I. from running amok? Would you instill in them Asimov’s classic three laws? And what would you do if an A.I. got bored of taking care of humanity? Or how would you prevent an A.I. from getting bored of us?
With Moore’s law and the advance of the technology as it is do you really think we could keep up with an A.I.'s evolution?