Current Status: A Comparison of Identity Groups, People and Robots
People: Random variation and natural selection.
Robots: Engineers, committees, marketing, prototypes, calculations, simulation and manufacturing documentation.
Decision to produce
People: Instinct to create "the next generation" at a huge cost to the parents.
Robots: Rational need to fill a specific function.
People: 9 months plus endless child rearing that lasts the life of the parents.
Robots: 7 days from a just-in-time facility like modern computer factories.
People: Measured in decades. Must go back for continuing education that can take 10% or more of available work time.
Robots: Measured in minutes. Continuous updates available via wireless connections to the web.
Cost of energy
People: Food is complex requiring consumption of vegetation and meat from mammals and fish. Storage of food
requires refrigeration, freezing, etc.
Current design level
People: Designed for living in caves. Updates are via environmental influence but incompatibility between modern
environment and original design leaves many poorly suited individuals called "neurotic and insane" people.
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: Repair 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.
Robots: Service calls to repair Robots are inexpensive by comparison.
People: Death must be by gradual decay. If it is caused by a rational decision, it is called suicide or murder.
Robots: Older designs are recycled. There are no laws restricting the termination of a robot's existence.
People: Workers must be given medical and retirement benefits. Many companies are opting for consultant relationships
in order to avoid these large costs.
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: Make more people and have more stuff.
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.
People: Humans score an average of 100 on IQ tests.
Robots: Robots score higher on IQ tests but do not yet have the practical types of intelligence that humans do.
Autonomy, will and ego
People: People exceed robots in these areas now.
Robots: Are evolving these characteristics rapidly.
Summary: Once the problems with autonomy, will and ego are solved, the robots will be in a position to take over control
of the earth.