Traditionally we think of a robot takeover as physical machines actually replacing us. Dr. Robin Hanson proposes a time where the human mind is “emulated,” or “The Age of Em,” where artificial intelligence is as smart as we are.
The implications of a world where cheap copies of the human mind can be set to any task and live out their own electronic lives, until their assigned task is complete, offers up a foreign reality that we may or may not be able to cope with.
Hanson’s TED lecture Here
Hanson’s BookTV presentation Here