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Submission + - Automated robot factories and you (blogspot.com)

Baruch Atta writes: "When the state of the art robotics is advanced enough for robots to autonomously go and create factories for making more robots....
Then the only limiting factors would be
a — raw materials
b — energy
Both of which are virtually unlimited in space, i.e. the moon, asteroids.
What would be the implications of an unlimited and cheap work force?
Secondary question — how many humans would be needed (on Earth or off) to insure the survival of our species and for scientific/engineering progress, once working/labor becomes obsolete? Couldn't the human species get by with only the graduates of Harvard, MIT and other top universities? Who else would be required? Who would decide?"

Comment Re:Space solar but not sustainable colonization? (Score 1) 275

A very late comment....

When the state of the art robotics is advanced enough for robots to automaously go and create factories for making more robots....

Then the only limiting factors are
a - raw materials
b - energy

Both of which are virtually unlimited in space, i.e. the moon, astroids.

No comment needed on the implications of an unlimited and cheap work force.

Secondary question - how many humans are needed (on Earth or off) to insure the species and for progress, once working becomes obsolete?

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