This is a good example as to how AI, robotics can actually enhance our world. If they are doing the type of job that might actually be impossible for humans to do, such as work under extreme pressures at the bottom of the sea, then they are not threatening society with ruin, rather, ensuring the survival of the human race.
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Ultimately, the human race’s survival depends on our ability to escape this solar system. Perhaps much of the gloom of cyber-culture’s more dystopian views, are partly accepting that our doom is inevitable one way or another. More likely we’ll destroy ourselves before our sun runs out of energy. Granted that point is so far away as to statistically insignificant, BUT nevertheless, understanding how light travels, so that perhaps one day we may travel faster than it, is just another example of how human’s are capable of understanding even more how that might happen when we use tools to our best advantage. Capturing light moving as if it was a solid object is an amazing feat.