Bringing our Principles to Life

We humans are creative beings. We are without match when it comes to creating new ways to interface and manipulate reality to our benefit. The problem is that we also have weaknesses, physically and also moral weaknesses such as greed, fraud, and laziness. It is common for us to build machines to help us overcome our weaknesses. If we need to break the hard soil, or lift something very heavy, or perform an important, but boring and repetitive task we are very proficient at delegating these activities to machines we have created. We reason and design so that the machines we create can be trusted to perform the physical work that we are too weak, incapable, or uninterested to properly carry out ourselves. Our reliance upon mechanical machines has enabled us to master and transform the physical world that our weak, unreliable bodies would never have been able to accomplish. These machines have even served to free people from systems of slavery by enabling the demands of the market to be met without subjugating a class of people to do the work.

If physical machines have served us so well, why would we not look to intellectual machines to accomplish the same ends? When it comes to our weakness in properly executing our own deeply held principles, I think it is just as appropriate, if not greatly more important, to use our creative and inventive minds to develop machines that can automate and secure the integrity of our principled actions as well.

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