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The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Robin Hanson


Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like? Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human. Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army of workers is at your disposal. When they can be made cheaply, within perhaps a century, ems will displace humans in most jobs. In this new economic era, the world economy may double in size every few weeks. Some say we can't know the future, especially f ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754626.001.0001


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Robin Hanson, author