I was junior science engineer, then went to business and now I am doing my masters degree in computer science and playing with idea about my own startup. Artificial General Intelligence and cognitive robotics are themes of my endeavours. From time to time I am excited about things these sciences can achieve, about possible transformation of the world that can appear possible by exploitation of the research results.
And then these questions spring up:
- If self-learning and self-improving Goedel machine is implemented is it honestly that all the monetary results from its activity will belong to those "business angels" who invested initial capital? What will the remainig people do, how they will earn money when there is universal intellect which can create all the necessary machines.
- If self-learning agent has passion for knowledge and has abilities to use the knowledge for the benefit of all the humanity, then will it be honestly to pay billions and billions to Springer and Elsevier for allowing the agent to read the entire library of journals they have?
- Will there be IP and data monopolies that will hinder development of startups? Will the healthcare, automatic mathematics, robotics startups be dependent on the IP and data monopolies and why humanity should suffer from such monopolies?
- Every applied science has its roots in fundamental science. There is no boost in technology without developments in fundamental science. We can see this even today. Google, Facebook are investing enormous money in statistican and subsymbolic methods of artificial intelligence and the results are modest while fundamental science continues to brew and advance the symbolic and logic methods and after some effort the new wave of innovations will happen due to symbolic methods. Businesses will reap rewards but thousands of scientists will be left with their paycheck only.
So, while reading and doing my course works I need from time to time think that communism can be the rigth answer for the near future - it will redistribute monetary results failry, it will enable equal opportunities for all, it will open data and IP resources to anyone and great innovation and experiments will be possible, there will be no concentration of the wealth, there will be social security for all. And so on, so on.
How often academics (scientists and students) in advanced disciplines experience thoughs about communism as the near future of our society and should we nurture these thoughts (and maybe transform them into purposeful activities, like open source development or public education activities) or should we avoid these thoughts and stay with capitalism and try to believe that capitalism and market economic ultimatly takes the right decisions. What is your personal recipe for success in this regard?
How the achieved research results shape the world view of academics and should we be cautious where it leads us and should we have some mental guidance not be overwhelmed by what happens in the science?
I am aware about social democracy (in fact I am member of the social democrat party of my country), but I can see that AGI and cognitive robotics can be truly transforming society beyond usual technological shock. E.g. futurism.com ir popular resource, but there are many more resources like:
I guess - very much depends on the field in which the scientist works.