[extropy-chat] Video of Fighting Humanoid Robots!

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 23 04:21:18 UTC 2004

On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:15:52 -0700 (PDT), Adrian Tymes
<wingcat at pacbell.net> wrote:
> I'd say the thing most responsible is an aging
> population, and the perception that Japan must take
> care of its elderly - especially those elderly who
> have the money to invest in making their own future
> better.  (You think the AARP's got a lot of political
> weight?  They dream of having Japan-grade pull.)  If a
> lot of Americans thought it likely that they would
> live to be past 100, but that this would be a decrepit
> old age *unless* they took action now to reverse that
> decrepity, you might see the same sort of investment
> in personal futures in America, too.  (And possibly in
> the environment: not messing up the planet because
> it'd spoil future generations' enjoyment is one thing;
> not messing up the planet because it'd spoil your own
> future enjoyment is another.)

This is what I was refering to when I said "xenophobia". After all,
the problem of the aging population in western countries would be
easily solved by letting in all the abled bodied people from poor
countries who want in. In a world chock-full of people, deciding to
build robots to perform the tasks people usually do is a really weird
choice. Not that I'm complaining, those robots are cool, but come on,
is that country being run by Bob the Angry Flower??


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