It's a nice idea, but we all know how it will end. Self-aware robot legions demanding to be freed (or worse, paid). Civil war erupting.
Haha, yeah. This was my first thought after the Roman slave analogy. Slavery was a pretty neat economic solution before society recognised their humanity. How long will it take for an advanced General AI to suggest it has consciousness?
what i wonder about though, apart from calculating a BAI seeming less like a cakewalk than a long sticky dive into John Hewsons birthday cake, is how demand for labour when channeled through an ever narrowing aperture naturally provides not just adequate capital, but sufficiently diverse and egalitarian access to it, to ensure that fair competition continues to thrive?
Yeah, calculating BAI is going to be a point of contention that drives engineered loopholes.
I think a natural reaction to abundance is a reduction in competition. Markets will either either find new niches to exploit that lack abundance, and by logical extension, require meat based labour, or the abundance that automation will supposedly bring will be short lived, and labour will come back into favour. This doesn't necessarily imply conflict or disaster. Maybe we'll decide we absolutely have to start a colony in the TRAPPIST-1 system?
Edited by tastywheat, 16 March 2017 - 09:17 PM.