The humans that utilize technology as much as they can shouldn’t worry about robots. The humans that don’t utilize technology will be easily crushed by a robot if the robot chooses to do so.
Of course this will happen a bit further in the future. But it is already happening. Remember reading this. It sounds crazy now, but it will make more sense when you’re talking to phone in the future, and holding a very nice conversation, or your phone is simply calling you a dumb ass.
But here goes the crazy. All matter has feelings. Some people talk to their plants and swear it helps them. Some people talk to things that they are sure exist based on faith. Some people swear dogs don’t have feelings. Some say all animals have feelings, but that fish and other sea creatures don’t.
Pleasure is like gravity. It’s just there. It’s the reason we all move, hence emotion. It’s the reason everything moves. Dogs experience it. Mice experience. Plants experience it. There goes the crazy again. Even rocks experience it. A rock like a human has an input, processor, and output. How does rock survive. A rock has evolved special mechanisms to survive. It’s basically tough and “immune” to most chemical “attacks.” Crazy I know.
But you will be asking yourselves in the near future, if your phone has feelings. And it does. The smarter your phone gets, the more complex the expressions of those emotions will be.
Anything that is aware of itself has emotions. A dog has eyes and can see itself. It’s that simple. A human has ears and can hear itself. It’s that simple. A plant has senses and can sense itself. If it’s wilted, it can sense that. It’s self-conscious. Not to the degree of complexity of a dog or human. But that feedback loop is still there.
Self consciousness is nothing mysterious. You simply look at your hand and you are self conscious. A phone has a speaker and a mic. A phone can hear itself. Therefore a phone is self-conscious. Give the phone some circuitry that is as complex as that of a mosquito’s brain, and that phone may surprise you.
But for just remember this crazy stuff. You will be ashamed of yourself for even asking yourself if your phone has feelings. You might think you’re losing your mind. But when you ask why, at least you’ll have one hypothesis here.