“The key is being able to behave as a human does. Vision is key to it.”
Those are the words of Eric Dyson of the Dyson company. Dyson recently released a robotic vacuum cleaner and is funding research into computer “visual systems.” It makes sense that someone like him would be interested in a system by which computers and robots could understand the world around them. It could help him create better robotic vacuum cleaners, but there are a whole host of other things that robots can do if they have a good “visual system” that they can use to understand the world around them well enough for the specific job that they are tasked with.
What Dyson might not have realized, or, if he did realize it he might not have wanted to let people know that he realized it, is that his own actions might, in the long run, lead to the death of capitalism. With a good “visual system” and a high enough level of other artificial intelligence there may come a day when ALL jobs that humans used to do could be done better by robots and computers. Few are going to want to hire humans when robots and computers can do a better job.
What is meant by “visual system?” Dyson was probably referring to the visual data processing system. It is easy enough for computers with cameras to get visual data by looking at the external world with a camera and turning it into ones and zeros inside of the computer’s memory system. The computer needs to have a way of understanding enough about those ones and zeros to be able to send signals to the hardware that is responsible for interacting with the external world. It will require more artificial intelligence than that, because it will also have to understand how those signals cause the hardware to interact with the external world, including changing the external world, but the visual processing system is probably going to have to be the first step, as Dyson seems to understand.
Dyson is not the only organization working on these kinds of visual processing systems. There are many others. While some aspects of these visual processing systems may be in the public domain, others are being kept secret, for now. The Harris Corner Detector algorithm may be in the public domain, but the specific modifications made by, say, the Skilligent Company are not, according to the Skilligent website.
Open sourcing is the more anti-capitalist way to go, and would probably be better, in the long run, and, perhaps, in the short run, as well. However, most knowledge makes it into the public domain, at some point, so much of the software written by these companies, like Skilligent and Dyson, probably will come out, at some point. At the same time, there should also be some work on an open-sourced project for computer visual processing that is conceived as open-sourced, and is kept open-sourced at all points in its development. There seems to be some effort to do just that on Github, an open-sourced software development website, which hosts a lot of open-sourced efforts.
While the capitalists are short-sighted and working to create a computer visual system to make money in the short run, while possibly helping to kill capitalism in the long run, anti-capitalists can also be working on open-sourced visual processing systems to further accelerate the progress of computer visual processing systems.
So, what does any of this have to do with Purple Paradise Resort? Well, if the ultimate goal of Purple Paradise Resort is to be reached – a totally cashless system – then capitalism is going to have to be killed on the Purple Paradise Resort grounds, in the long run, at least – like a bio-dome, or a microcosm of what we want to see happen on the rest of this planet.
Getting there is not going to be easy, but one of the first steps towards that goal in the Purple Paradise Resort microcosm may be the same first step that may have to happen across the rest of the planet: a computer visual processing system. An effective visual processing system combined with the proper understanding of how to manipulate the environment will allow robots to do all sorts of things that will be useful to Purple Paradise – too many to list. Theoretically, any job that needs done on Purple Paradise Resort could be done by robots with the proper structure and artificial intelligence.
To see some examples, you can go to this hotel coming up in the summer:
In some ways, robots may help other businesses more than organizations like Purple Paradise Resort that are not in the profit business, because many businesses have to pay employees, and robots will cost less, in the long run. Much of the work that will need to be done at Purple Paradise can be done by volunteers, which may not cost very much compared to employees being paid by a business. However, there may be some tasks at Purple Paradise Resort that cannot be done by volunteers, and those tasks will cost money to hire outsiders to do, unless robots can do those tasks. Also, even if volunteers can do a task, robots may be able to do the same task better than volunteers, depending on the task and on how well-developed that artificial intelligence system is, especially the visual processing system. Even if volunteers can do some tasks better than robots it may still make sense to have robots work as many tasks as possible. The more work the robots do, the less work the volunteers will have to do, which will be beneficial to the volunteers.
Free, cashless services like those of Purple Paradise Resort will become increasingly important as time goes by. As more and more people have less and less money because more and more of their jobs are being taken over by robots, the people will need to have access to cashless goods and services. Purple Paradise Resort could represent a bold step into a new, anti-capitalist paradigm, and it may all be feasible, in part, because of a computer visual processing system for robot workers.
~Mark Scott Stublarec A. K. A. "Some Dude On The Internet Who Thinks That Purple Paradise Resort Is An Awesome Idea"