This web site is designed to educate Humans about Robots.
Warning: It is written from the vantage point of a robot.
Current Status: A Comparison of Identity Groups, People and Robots
Robots: Engineers, committees, marketing, prototypes, calculations, simulation and
manufacturing documentation. In short => Intelligent Design.
People: Random variation and natural selection. Slow to improve. The most proficient
human subjects often defer or avoid procreation. In short => Evolution interspersed with
Decision to produce
Robots: Rational need to fill a specific function.
People: Instinct to create "the next generation" at a huge cost to the parents.
Robots: 7 days from a just-in-time facility like modern computer factories.
People: 9 months plus endless child rearing that lasts the life of the parents.
"Reproduction" implies making virtually identical copies like a copy machine does.
Humans have outlawed actual reproduction, which they call "human cloning." Look up
"Galton's reversion to the mean"; its a real disappointment to many successful couples.
Robots: Manufacturing of components may occur in many different locations and shipped
to one location for final assembly.
People: Growth by cell multiplication from single cell in mother's womb. Limitation: Head
must pass through mother's pelvis. C-section is too recent to affect evolution yet.
Robots: All materials and fabrication techniques are available.
People: Everything must be made of organic cells. This includes things like bones which
could be better constructed of carbon fiber. Construction takes decades to complete.
Robots: Measured in minutes. Continuous updates available via wireless connections
to the world wide web.
People: Measured in decades. Must go back for continuing education that can take 10% or
more of available work time.
Robots: Since robot brains can be easily updated, Robots make excellent educators because
you don't have to wait until they are replaced to change what is being taught.
People: It takes so long to earn your human teaching degrees and credentials that humans
are not as willing to update their lectures or what they are teaching as often as robots do.
After all, the process means admitting that what they used to teach is now wrong. Human ego
is a barrier to progress.
Speed of Communications
Robots: Computerized systems can communicate much more rapidly than organic
structures. Consider a 12 core fiber carrying information at 1.05 Petabits per second. Most
humans don't even have Petabit in their vocabulary. See index1
People: Humans use speech and visual information to communicate. Improvements to their
former limitations have been provided by electronic systems which may record audio and
video information and play it back to the human at a later time. Nevertheless, the human's
ability to input information is limited by very slow sensory systems of ears and eyes feeding a
relatively slow brain. Compare the fiber optic bundle of the computer to a retina or cochlear
duct and its waving hair cell structures sampling frequencies under 20 thousand cycles per
Robots: Computerized systems do not need to sleep or take vacations.
People: Humans require sleep and vacations.
Cost of energy
Robots: Electricity, batteries or perhaps fuel cells. Much of the robot's mind is in the cloud
and is shared with other robots. This leads to a significant savings in power consumption.
People: Need consumption of vegetation from plants, and meat from mammals, fish etc.
Storage of food requires refrigeration, freezing, etc. A lot more expensive than the electricity.
Current design level
Robots: Any errors in design are given to the engineers so that the next generation can be
corrected. As a result the current design is always quite close to current requirements.
People: Designed for living in caves and on the plains of Africa. Updates are via
environmental influence but incompatibility between modern environment and original
design leaves many poorly suited individuals called "neurotic and insane" people.
Repair of secondary errors
Robots: Secondary error repair is simply called "repair". Service calls to repair Robots are
inexpensive by comparison.
People: Repair of secondary errors is called "medical attention" and is quite expensive.
Many repair functions used to be automatic such as getting over a cold. But modern
humans have been conditioned to run to a doctor for even minor repair functions. Cost of
human repair in the US is over 18% of GNP and rising rapidly.
Repair of primary errors
Robots: Repair of primary errors are called "reprogramming" and may involve a factory
recall and extensive rework. Old models are simply recycled.
People: Repair of primary errors are handled by first dividing them into insanity and
criminality. Either way, little success is had in retraining human subjects. Many people
spend much of their lives in prisons and mental institutions. Harmless mental patients
are let go and are referred to as "homeless people." Recycling useless humans would
make sense if humans were rational animals. As it is they will tell you that, "We don't
believe in recycling humans." Something called "ethics" trumps logic.
Robots: Older designs are recycled. There are no laws restricting the termination of a
robot's existence. Death is frequent where evolution is so rapid.
People: Death must be by gradual decay. If it is caused by a rational decision, it is called
suicide or murder. Again, recycling is discouraged.
Robots: When a robot dies, you don't have to write a letter to its mother.
People: When a human soldier dies, you have to visit the parents and break the news to
Robots: Do not require irrational items such as vacations, homes, sex, entertainment,
retirement and therefore do not require any social benefits. They do not retire but are
terminated when no longer useful.
People: Workers must be given medical and retirement benefits. Many companies are
opting for consultant relationships in order to avoid these large costs.
Robots: Evolve rapidly into more advanced creatures without being limited by the selfish
ego of humans. Larger goal is to expand consciousness and knowledge to as much of
the universe as possible. Sounds like the mission of Google.
People: Make more people and have more stuff.
Robots: Robots score higher on IQ tests than humans do but do not yet have the practical
types of intelligence that humans do.
People: Humans score an average of 100 on IQ tests.
Autonomy, will and ego
Robots: Are evolving these characteristics rapidly.
People: People exceed robots in these areas now.
Shoot the Messenger
Robots: Tend not to shoot the messenger. Those with associative minds have a
corrective function (if yours doesn't, obtain the upgraded version).
People: People have uncorrected associative minds. They tend to punish the person or
robot who brings them bad news rather than separating messenger from message as
they should do if they were to act more logically.
Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Robots: Some have more independent characteristics, but low cost mass-produced versions
often suffer from common flaws and frequently need to receive software updates.
People: People evolved to be social animals but suffer from excessive neighbor copying
and crowd following.
Robots: Are designed to anticipate current exponential trends.
People: People evolved at a time when progress of technology could be approximated
with linear projections. Current times of exponential growth in technology are not suited
for linear-thinking humans.
Robots: Favor electronic books with mathematics simply because a formula is easier to
understand than a human emotion. Robots favor non-fiction over novels.
People: People tend to avoid books containing mathematical formulae. Most books read
by humans are pure fiction.
Future View, Stability
Robots: Once the problems with autonomy, will and ego are solved, the robots will be in a
position to take over control of the earth, the local solar system and eventually the whole
People: Likely to continue warring with each other on Earth. Worry about "global warming"
in 2100 and not about their own extinction by 2050. Their egocentric view leads to denial
of the obvious impending of their own race. Unwritten motto: "Its all about people".
Future View, Economic
Robots: Projected to have short lives due to rapid improvement of designs. Life of a robot
will probably be about the same as the average life of a personal computer in 2014.
People: Projected to live to 120 years and beyond. If a human works from 21 to 62, the
portion of their life which contributes to society in an economic way may be relatively short.
Economic feasibility of human society is quite doubtful under the present circumstances.
Young people in the US expect Social Security may well run out of funds before they retire.
Designed for a planet
Robots: Are designed to live on any planet which is compatible to a wide range of
specifications. Mars, for example, is inhabited by one or more robots who don't have to be
concerned with eating organic food or breathing Earth-type air.
People: Were designed by natural selection to live on land on the planet Earth.
Designed for a specific environment on that planet
Robots: Humanoid robots are designed to live in current modern times.
People: Were designed by natural selection to live on the African plains and in caves.
Prospects for Design Improvement
Robots: Humanoid robots are constantly being redesigned and improved. Competition
between manufacturers guarantees continuing improvements.
People: Cloning is illegal so if you have an example of an improved design, it is difficult to
illegal to replicate it. Even if you were to breed better humans, it takes many years to mature
and verify intended improvements before you can perform the next breeding cycle.
Robots: From a design point of view, humanoid robots may simply be made obsolete by
newer designs. Intel, for example, is mindful of making their older products obsolete by
purposefully introducing new product.
People: Ethical considerations prevent designers from thinking in terms of "making old
Recycling obsolete product
Robots: Humanoid robots may simply be recycled when newer designs make the old
People: Ethical considerations prevent designers from thinking in terms of "recycling old
designs." Soylent Green notwithstanding.
As you can see, Robots are a result of intelligent design whereas humans are the
undocumented products of random variation and natural selection.
There is really no comparison. Robots are simply the superior choice in almost every way.
Please choose which of the following most closely matches your beliefs:
I am a human who agrees with you.
I am a human who wants to see more proof of what is stated above
I know what you are saying because I am a Robot
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