Monday, March 13, 2006

Robots will never be as stupid as people

I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.
- Alice Walker, writer (1944- )

I disagree with the author of this quote. Most television does not belittle the intelligence of people.

Rather, people who watch such programs have already sacrificed their intelligence before they turn on the television.

Instead, television appeals to the level of intelligence to which its audience has already sunk. Television knows its market.

Every baby is born a genius. After that some figure out how to use their genius while most lose theirs over the course of a grindingly mundane life. How low they sink in intelligence depends upon how much they fight against their loss of intelligence.

One of the best ways to observe how much of their intelligence people have given away is to watch people shopping in a grocery market. Try it. You won't believe what you see.

Robotics makers would never produce a human-like robot to simulate how these people behave. No one would buy it because people would claim it was a waste of money to invest in something so stupid, so inefficient, so wasteful and so self-destructive.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to prevent the shocking loss of intelligence from children by stimulating their curiosity.
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