Jerry Brito on the Coming Robotic World

RobotIn his 2006
high-tech thriller, Daemon, Daniel Suarez tells the story
of a computer program that is activated after the genius
millionaire that created it dies of cancer. The program essentially
owned itself because, improbably, it had access to its creator’s
wealth via shell corporations that it controlled. As a result, it
did reap the profit and loss of its actions. What was speculative
fiction in 2006, came one step closer to reality in 2009 with the
advent of Bitcoin. Today, writes Jerry Brito, there’s nothing
inconceivable about a program that funds and runs itself without
the intervention of humans.

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