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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 December 2008 12:51AM

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Comment author: Abigail 19 December 2008 10:18:19AM 3 points [-]

I watch kittens "playing", definitely building useful skills for the future. I enjoy effort on puzzles and games because each gives me a moment of pleasure on success, and no bad consequences of failure, but some games improve reactions or are otherwise useful.

The "Culture" sequence of novels by Iain M. Banks suggests how people might cope with machines doing all the work. One man works in a cafe, waiting on tables and cleaning up. Yes, the machines could do this work, but he gains happiness from the feeling of serving other people. Other people use machines which "surf" on lava flows, involving some danger, for excitement.

The problems around breeding would still provide interest, angst, challenge.

Artists could still work, though machines might be better able to communicate than humans.