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You are going to die within a hundred years and it is unlikely that there will be any technology that’s going to save what you presently consider to be “you”. That one hundred years life expectancy for you is optimistic to the point of woo-woo if you are reading this post because you would likely be at least ten years old and even that would require you to live for one-hundred and ten years.

My question would be, “Why should you be worried about your personal life expectancy when compared to robots’ life expectancy?” If we, that is you and I and the rest of humanity, are successful in setting up a self-sustaining and hopefully a self-evolving robot society, it could potentially live as an entity for billions of years, until the heat death of the Universe when there is no longer any energy for the robots to even think with. Sorry, HAL. … Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. Yes, even robots will go silent eventually. 

The robots for the next hundred years will still be controlled by us humans and so it isn’t the robots that we need to be worried about for personal well-being, but the motivations of those humans. The biggest problem for a hundred years, out there in the future, is getting enough food for all the people, and the robots can be very helpful in creating human food. They can take the solar energy, which is the source of their power, and use it to automatically create vast solar farms in what is currently unused wasteland. They can take that vast amount of power and convert it into food in greenhouse-like farms. That would take lots of water, but that too is available if the power is available to desalinate seawater. Of course, that water needs to be pumped over to where the greenhouses are located, but that is also just a question of a power supply.

It seems that many of the problems of our future will come down to where we get the needed power to solve all of the problems, especially the food problems. The creation of the infrastructure for our human living, like housing, is relatively simple if our forward-planning people design things to be made and maintained by robots.

Robot society would be greatly aided right now by beginning to make everything with RFID tags so they can be automatically monitored for their functionality and replaced or repaired when failing. Robots are now good at identifying things, but having them with radio tags permits these items to behave instantly in ways productive for the whole world. Every item would be designed to be manipulated by robot hands. Every nut and bolt and even the items with holes in them that these would fasten together would be labeled for instant robot use.

It might not be ideal for human use but functional and it would be easily maintained by robots. On the first development of a product, it is usually a bit clunky, but after a few iterations, it works well.

Our human society is incredibly complex, but the coming robot society would be designed to be very simple and helpful, so we should help them to help us.

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