But preeminent philosopher of technology Albert Borgmann asks us to consider what this advance will do to our capacity for reasoning. Will we be as inclined to ask ourselves questions like: What do I really want, and why should I want it? And what will happen to our inclination to develop virtues associated with willpower when technology increasingly does our thinking for us and preemptively satisfies our desires? Such an environment, Borgmann warns, initiates the “slide from housekeeping to being kept by our house.”
Perhaps this is a legitimate worry for some people who won't grow or learn unless they have to. But for those addicted to reading, learning, and exploration I do not see extremely helpful robots as posing a problem. We aren't going to become mentally inert just because robots cook our food, wash our clothes. clean our houses, and drive us wherever we want to go.
Perhaps robots will open up a greater split between people with strong innate curiosity and motivation versus those who only act out of necessity.
Since I do not have enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do I am quite excited that Dyson is going to introduce a big step forward in robotic vacuums. Though not until some time in 2015. This looks like it will save a lot of labor and let us easily live in cleaner houses.
I for one welcome our new robot overlords.
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