ERIC Number: ED245971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Ask a Futurist. Peace [and] Robots.
Joseph, Earl C.
A futurist addresses two questions concerning world peace and the implications of using robots. In the section on peace (part 1), recommendations for world peace include: (1) implementing peace education as a mandatory part of education; (2) establishing a Department of Peace in each country to create a societal infrastructure for implementing peace; (3) institutionalizing a peace-industrial complex stronger than a military-industrial complex in which peace would become a profitable enterprise, (4) establishing a standard peace index for measuring the "quality of peace," (5) studying the meaning of peace in all contexts, (6) building machinery/technology for peace, and (7) conducting research and development for peace. Part 1 concludes that society needs preventive systems which are future-oriented to achieve peace rather than reactive tactical systems. Part 2 focuses on the future of robots, defines artificial intelligence, and makes a distinction between expert systems and robots. The section concludes that while robots and automated machines directly displace people from jobs, expert systems (consulting tools or appliances used for amplifying human skills) will actually create new jobs and raise society's standard of living by making humans increasingly more "intelligent" and capable. (LH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Future Society's Assembly (5th, Washington, DC, July 1984).