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Sending Robots To Do Your Work
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Now, assuming these robots aren't sentient, if our society were to develop robots on a wide scale to the point of being somewhat affordable, would you want to send them in to do your job if they were that capable? As in, if you feel lazy, send them in to do all of the work you'd normally have to do for you. Technically, they'd be your property, so you could potentially make an argument that since they would have nothing to do with any money, you'd be the one who deserves it. And hey, the work would still get done anyways, with the labor (technically) provided by you.

Of course, this would beg the question of why companies would even continue to hire humans if robots were sent in to do the jobs, anyways. Chances are, the argument above wouldn't really hold up very well in courts, but you never know.

I'm lazy by nature, although if I do have to do something, I tend to normally buckle down and do it, even though I'd much rather not exert myself. Luxuries are awesome, work... not so much. That's why it'd be pretty cool to have standard worker robots; they'd do my chores and a lot of other forms of work that I'd normally have to waste time doing. Maybe I would even be able to convince my boss to allow the robot to act as an "assistant", A.K.A. the one who does everything while I "supervise" with my good ol' PS Vita and smoothie.

So, what would you guys think? Would you want to send out your robots if you could, or would you want to do the work yourself? Peace out.
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In such a hypothetical situation, if robots were really so affordable that I could send mine in to do work for me, my company would've bought them up already and replaced me with robots.
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I will not be satisfied if robots do my work for me. I'd rather work with effort. lol.
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This anime seems appropriate for here - http://www.crunchyroll.com/time-of-eve

Personally I rather do my own work. You know it's right when you do it yourself. But as for chores and daily junk. The robot would be great.
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That's slavery

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There's no fun in that! I mean, it is tempting. But as much as I would love to just sit around on the internet, my 3DS, or whatever else is available, I won't get anything out of life. I won't feel self-satisfied. I'd just feel lazy and undeserving of everything. Kind of like I am now, but hey, I'm doing the best I can for a high school student. xD
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Eh, I kind of already do. I have a robot in my workshop that carves foam & wood to make props with, and it's far faster and more accurate than I am, so I often have it do work "for" me. I like that balance point, though - I make the 3D model, it carves that model in reality for me, then I do finishing work by adding details, putting parts together, painting, and so on.

If I could just tell a robot "hey, make me that sword", and have it pop out with a sword with no other effort on my part? Nah, that sounds pretty boring to me. I'd find something else to do that it hadn't yet learned how to completely take over.
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It would be cool, but I have a question. How would you convince your boss to pay you for the work that 'it' is doing instead of you? Sure it wouldn't need the money, but it also wouldn't be you who deserves paying because otherwise they'd be paying you for nothing. Wouldn't that be like sending in another person who has everything they desire and as such, wouldn't need the money? Because I'm pretty sure the boss would still pay them over you regardless of whether you need it or not, in the case of the robot I can't see either the owner or the robot getting paid.

At the end of the day, the robot would be, essentially, a tool. Does a car mechanic pay wages to the guy who invented his car jack because it holds up cars for him, or would you pay wages to the owner of a calculator you borrowed because it does the harder mathematics for you quicker than you probably could? Both would be nonsenical, despite how both items are doing work for you. At the end of the day it amounts to being paid for work, regardless of how you cut it, that you aren't responsible for doing, and you can't get paid for that. It's a cool concept, but would be a big middle finger to people who actually work. If it was like your other example, an assistant, then yeah it could work so long as you're doing some of the work yourself, because then, on the money front, you are 'working for it'.
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

It would be cool, but I have a question. How would you convince your boss to pay you for the work that 'it' is doing instead of you? Sure it wouldn't need the money, but it also wouldn't be you who deserves paying because otherwise they'd be paying you for nothing. Wouldn't that be like sending in another person who has everything they desire and as such, wouldn't need the money? Because I'm pretty sure the boss would still pay them over you regardless of whether you need it or not, in the case of the robot I can't see either the owner or the robot getting paid.

At the end of the day, the robot would be, essentially, a tool. Does a car mechanic pay wages to the guy who invented his car jack because it holds up cars for him, or would you pay wages to the owner of a calculator you borrowed because it does the harder mathematics for you quicker than you probably could? Both would be nonsenical, despite how both items are doing work for you. At the end of the day it amounts to being paid for work, regardless of how you cut it, that you aren't responsible for doing, and you can't get paid for that. It's a cool concept, but would be a big middle finger to people who actually work.


Well, like I said, the boss would probably just buy a bunch of robots to do the work if they were being sent in anyways. Quite frankly, I'll admit, even though I am lazy, even I start to get bored if I don't have anything to do for extended periods of time. It's a really weird situation; I don't like how much work it takes to do stuff due to the consequences if you do poorly or slack off, but I tend to hate it even more if I feel like I'm not doing something that justifies my time.

Really, I was pretty much exaggerating in my original post. Would I want the robots to do chores around the home? Yes. But would I want them to do everything for me? No. Hell, I just got finished with a pretty big project a group and I were working on over the past couple days. I'm just feeling especially lazy since it took quite a while. But if I was denied the ability to do it again or something similar, I'd actually, crazily enough, start to miss it.

But yeah, if I were the boss, I'd probably just get robots to do the work and not have to pay them as opposed to lazy freeloaders that send them in anyways. Either that, or pay people that at least have the decency to show up and do the work they were hired to do.
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Well, like I said, the boss would probably just buy a bunch of robots to do the work if they were being sent in anyways. Quite frankly, I'll admit, even though I am lazy, even I start to get bored if I don't have anything to do for extended periods of time. It's a really weird situation; I don't like how much work it takes to do stuff due to the consequences if you do poorly or slack off, but I tend to hate it even more if I feel like I'm not doing something that justifies my time.

Really, I was pretty much exaggerating in my original post. Would I want the robots to do chores around the home? Yes. But would I want them to do everything for me? No. Hell, I just got finished with a pretty big project a group and I were working on over the past couple days. I'm just feeling especially lazy since it took quite a while. But if I was denied the ability to do it again or something similar, I'd actually, crazily enough, start to miss it.

But yeah, if I were the boss, I'd probably just get robots to do the work and not have to pay them as opposed to lazy freeloaders that send them in anyways. Either that, or pay people that at least have the decency to show up and do the work they were hired to do.


Oh I know. I nearly brought up the point of the boss just buying the robots for the company out of his own pocket but realised that had been mentioned, so I went on to make a different point instead. I'm not saying the idea is completely shit or anything, and when it comes to medial tasks such as shopping it could be really useful. I just fear for the day we have robots that look like humans. I hope I don't live to see that because the concept freaks me out.
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Sychop wrote:

That's slavery



making robots do your work for you is slavery. I recall an episode of Star Trek about this.
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Who wouldn't want robots to do their work?
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I think it'd be great to make machines that do everybody's work for them cheaply, and robots that make robots that do everybody's work cheaply. More ease is better. People should be able and allowed to pursue the things they enjoy without the constraints that are commonly forced upon them. If we can get there by making things that do the things we don't want to, why shouldn't we?

Though, you couldn't send a robot in to do your job at work, because your boss could literally buy the robot you use to do that job, unless you made the robot, in which case it could get dicey.
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No, I wouldn't. How I want things done isn't easily replicated by anyone other than myself, much less, an unimaginative robot. I'd end up continuously interrupting its work to take over. Plus, machines require maintenance, which I'd rather not deal with, especially since an advanced robot like what is described by the OP is undoubtedly expensive to purchase and maintain (by my standards). I don't have the funds and patience to keep up with that sort of thing. I wouldn't mind visiting places that feature them, but I don't want to put up with one of my own.
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Sogno- wrote:


Sychop wrote:

That's slavery



making robots do your work for you is slavery. I recall an episode of Star Trek about this.


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