Thought exercise: think of Earth as a quick scribble-sketch or a rough draft, just some raw-material to get a structure in place, containing concepts to contrast and evaluate. Now, see it as your job to come up with improvements, clean up the roughness and design whatever you think is more suitable. In this exercise, you’re as powerful as a dreamer realizing you’re dreaming – anything is possible and every part is malleable. To reiterate: in this dreamlike scenario, there are no limitations whatsoever.
Instead of corruptible bureaucratic institutions managed by highly fallible people, every major system would be replaced by robots.
There would be no elections, no government officials, no ornamental buildings for legislators, no pomp & circumstance, no speeches, none of it. You know how people have essentially zero influence on, or interaction with, their government in this world? That would be the same, except they’d be spared the nonsense and rigamarole. Computers would allocate resources without mismanagement, waste, corruption, etc.
I should note that these intelligent computing systems just exist, they’ve always existed in this alternate world and the population doesn’t think twice about it. The computing systems are autonomous, operating without human intervention of any kind. They exist like the forces of nature exist – they’re just part of the world. Note: when I use the term “robot”, I’m using it as a catch-all term for AI-based computer systems, some of which are actual androids, and some of which are just boxes.
Healthcare is also one of these computer-managed systems. Robots succinctly evaluate and treat ailments. If surgery is requested (it’s never done without consent), robots perform the operation with precision. Medications are allocated and measured for effectiveness by robots as well.
All mechanized transportation is robotically influenced or controlled. In instances where people control the direction of a vehicle, a robot maintains safe operating conditions at all times. There are no vehicle accidents.
The concept of a military doesn’t exist, as there are no governments or people in positions of power. As far as policing, robotic units can deploy if violence is detected, repeat offenders will be subject to relocation and monitoring. An isolated landmass named Australia (no relation to this current world, it’s just a coincidence) will be allocated for permanent relocation of those not capable of civilized behavior [as determined by robots]. Also, robots don’t kill people, ever.
As there are no people in positions of power, there aren’t any highly-structured or hierarchical religions. But, there exist large impressive monuments and buildings that celebrate different aspects of earthly existence. People might gather or visit or give thanks at these locations.
Like with government, people have essentially zero influence over their economy (in our current world). Therefore, there’s no change in that aspect, except the economy is managed by robots. There are no bubbles, no collapses, no booms or busts, no threat of imminent disaster – the economy just works since it lacks human “management”. Currencies and resources are administered by robots – and people working for subsistence isn’t a known concept. Food and other major resources are supplied by robots. Small-scale farming is an option for people, but the food-supply doesn’t depend on it.
There are no catch-all stores like Walmart or Amazon. There are small farms, mom & pop shops, boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, local entertainment, singers, authors, artists – just small-scale creative endeavors. People make stuff and entertain each other. There’s a lot of automation, so people don’t generate anything of great significance, just fun stuff. Shipping is free and fast and performed by robots as it’s part of the global infrastructure. There is an Internet where people exchange ideas, show what they know, and engage in world-wide trade. Global travel and relocation is an option as well.
Unique neighborhoods and distinctive public-spaces are valued. Regions try to out-do each other in terms of culture and beauty. Traveling the world is an adventure for the senses, as quick and reliable travel whisks people away to distinctive locales where sights, sounds, smells, and flavors entertain and delight. People are friendly and welcoming.
Having kids takes a conscious choice and requires a multi-stage effort. Think of it like training to attain a muscular body – it’d be difficult to accidentally end up as a body-builder, it requires dedication and effort. Likewise, the human body in this world can’t just produce children without a dedicated regimen. Robots are not involved in this process, it’s simply a change in the mechanics of the human body.
I suppose this constitutes a 2.0 version of Earth, and might require some tweaking once released. Overall I’m pleased with it – I’d move there. Honestly, the current 1.0 version of Earth seems like a place that robots send humans for “re-education”. It’s here that humanity learns to appreciate having robots control the infrastructure of existence.