Because people wish to see what is being explored for themselves, and are much better at first contact with other races.
Computers in star trek for instance have their own weaknesses, like humans. The most rational solution is to send both, to supplement each other. In star trek they have a crew of humans supplemented by computers which do a lot of the heavy lifting. But artificial intelligence in star trek sometimes has difficulty breaking from patterns they have been taught. For instance in Voyager when the Doctor assumed the role of a command hologram he only replicated tactics used in battles he has been programmed with, and relies on ensign kim to develop new strategies.
Since both humans and robots have their strength and weaknesses (human error is rife in the trek) the rational solution is to send both, which is more or less what they do in star trek. With human crews supplemented by the main computer, and the occasional robot (The Doctor, Data, moar holograms) to do heavy lifting.
>"The target of the Jihad was a machine-attitude as much as the machines," Leto said. "Humans had set those machines to usurp our sense of beauty, our necessary selfdom out of which we make living judgments. Naturally, the machines were destroyed."
I always thought that the Butlerian Jihad was people realizing they had just become a kind of peripheral device for thinking machines that made all the real decisions, and deciding that violence was the best way of reasserting the self.
But then, I also think that I'm one press release about an internet enabled toaster that syncs to your iPhone and displays ads away from moving to a shack in the woods somewhere and writing manifestos. So YMMV.
>>43453955 Makes me emotional whenever I think about it. Admitting that my humanity is less important than the advancement of intelligence feels Inhuman. Ethics NEEDS some human component, or I just stop caring.
>>43454798 Janeway lost extremely few people, and every career she touched turned into solid gold-pressed latinum. You have to respect a captain that can think in multiple time references and pull torpedoes out of nullspace.
Plus she plays into my mommy issues so well. Va va voom, Ms. Mulgrew!
>>43456537 Really thought I'd enjoy voyager up until the third or fourth episode. The whole interaction between Janeway and the native american captain about spirit animals... I couldn't handle it. Completely unimmersed me.
Science fiction fans relate more to human beings than to silicon chips. Aerospace combat fans want to read about hot-shot Top Gun fighter pilots, not The Adventures of Droney, the unmanned combat aerial vehicle.
>>43453500 Ships are a means to an ends. Like cars. wouldn't it be easier to send robots to live your lives, go to work for you, spend money for you, engage in hobbies for you? It might be but it would defeat the purpose of living.
People live, they work , they travel, they investgate. A starship is just a way for people to carry out their lives, be it trading, running from the law, following orders, or a bit of everything. The starship is like your car. Robots can be part of your crew, and indeed any decent captain should have a few drones or repair bots around for disposable scouting, repairs, etc.
Robots should be cheap, replaceable units that supplement peoples lives. Starships aren't expendable (unless you're very rich) and so you wouldn't trust a robot to run your vessel and do your trading, fight your battles and run from your fights.
>>43453500 Because every 20 years for TWO FUCKING CENTURIES some retard thinks, "Hey, I've figured out why every single time we try a fully automated ship it goes on a murderous rampage.", that retard gets funding and they slap the latest computer on a warship and then it goes on a murderous rampage.
Every. Single. Time.
And you can bet 20 years later someone will go "Hey, I've figured out why every single time we try a fully automated ship it goes on a murderous rampage." because people are incapable of learning from past events.
>>43453591 >enough processing power You really have no idea, do you? Brute force approaches are TERRIBLE for a reason, even in computing, and the amount of power you need is utterly ridiculous. Anything remotely plausible would need to use heuristics just like humans do.
>>43454097 That's because ethics and morals are a human creation. Of course it feels inhuman without them, because you know deep down that humans are a single proton in a hydrogen atom in a water molecule in an incomprehensibly vast ocean and pretty much all of it doesn't subscribe to "Humanity Weekly".
>>43458187 I really appreciate Macross establishing early on that Strong AI is a big no-no so that we can hamfistedly keep our hot-blooded pilots. At least their inertial dampening tech gets better with each iteration.
>>43453500 >Is there any reason to send ships with crews instead of just really big robots to explore space? Because the exploration ship that has been travelling for five years at the speed of light has just made contact with aliens. Do you really want it to just sit there for a decade while it waits for its signal to reach Earth and get a reply? Fuck no.
You're gonna want some human diplomats around to negotiate with the aliens. Also, the ship may encounter unknown phenomena that could not be pre-programmed into a computer, so a few scientists should be sent along. And you'll need various support staff. And before you know it, you've got a whole crew.
>>43453500 There's no replacement for being there. "I was there" is one of the surefire ways to establish authority. The significance of human presence is so great that the presence of another human can ease emotional suffering. There's a reason it's called "being there for someone".
>>43453500 Because it's not yours if you don't have a person to plant a flag on it.
The Chinese planted a flag on the moon with their rover. Guess what? They still are 50 years behind America on moon-flags planted. India could land a hundred rovers by the end of the year. Congrats, we put men there.
Which sounds more impressive? Chucking robots at it or putting two men on it, filming it for the world to see, driving on it, planting flags, then bringing them back home?
>>43453500 Is there any reason to send dudes to the Moon or Mars? Is there any reason to go abroad, when you can just look at pictures of foreign places? Is there any reason to meet people face to face, when you can chat online?
Losers whine about logic, winners go home and fuck the blue alien queen.
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