Don’t Automate The Fun Out Of Life
Peter Hancock, 27 Jan 18
       

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Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal assistant has other ideas. It calmly explains to you that it will be cheaper, safer and more efficient for it to take your place on the holiday trip.

In one sense, it’s undeniable: The robot can fly in cargo, needs to be fed only electricity, is less likely to be a victim of crime, won’t get lost en route, won’t overlap activity scheduling – and even speaks all the local languages and dialects. But of course nobody would willingly send a robot on vacation in their place, voluntarily missing out on all the sights, sounds and flavors of the new experience.

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