Lovelock on the robot hypothesis

I once watched my neighbours – the tractors –  at work harvesting hay. Three of them were at work: one baling, one lifting the roundels of hay into a wagon, and one tractor pulling the wagon. As the tractors all had cabs, and the light fell just so, the humans were invisible. Thus it appeared that three giant machines were harvesting hay intelligently, with the assistance of the wagon and the the baler.


Think of that scene when you read James Lovelock’s latest interview in the Guardian. He says, in short:

  • man-caused global warming is rubbish
  • fracking is good, as is nuclear energy
  • and the robots will take over

The time taken for humans to think is about a million times longer than it takes for machines, such is the difference in the speed of our nervous systems. Thus the machines will probably perceive us like we perceive redwood trees: ancient and possibly to be venerated, or else turned into planks, depending on their attitude.

It is an amusing read.




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Eric Doll

“Go forth and multiply”? When machines become so efficient at replication and evolving that they “think” their designers obsolete, what will become of their prime directive? Will they retain mystical beliefs about their original makers? Is it Tractors all the way down?


They will go through phases, sometimes believing in the existence of users (us), sometimes denying the existence of users. It is just like the first Tron movie, waaaay back in the 1980s. “Yes, R2D2, there are users.”

Bill Elder

I’ll wager robots won’t have some ulterior death wish like Islam or self destructive dogmas like cultural marxism – although no doubt some robots will have abilities other robots do not and will scheme to be rulers – after all they are mad in out image and at some point avarice will overtake logic

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