Reference to the history of technological innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries shows that its main effect has been to extend man's physical capabilities, very often at the expense of his freedom of thought and action. This has led to a steady increase in the standard of living of the average human being but not necessarily to the quality of life of much of the population shackled ‘on‐line’ to the means of production. This is because robotic behaviour, to date, has not been very high in terms of the level of ‘intelligence’ available, machines are generally blind, deaf, dumb and moronic.
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