Before I start, I have to credit for the main idea of the post to Cris. I was wondering if this is a good idea... A person could purchase a fairly intelligent robot, send it to work for the company that the owner used to work for, while the owner collects all of the money made by the robot. If allowed, robots could begin by trading jobs with humans in assembly line type of jobs, or in manual labor. Later on as robots become more intelligent robots could work side by side with humans, in advertising, accounting, medicine, developing people friendly computers and games. People could buy these robots, and have them do their jobs for them. This way after only a few years in the workforce you could purchase an AI robot, for say $40,000 and make it do your job. This would be a worthy investment, because eventually robot technology would be able to make one robot last a lifetime. All money made from the robot would go directly to you, while you don't do any work. People that wanted to work could and couldn't (by law) be replaced by a robot. These laboring robots don't need to be smarter than the average human to preform the humans former work tasks, this way we don't have to worry about having thousand or potentially millions of robot slaves throwing a revolution. The owner of the robot would be its primary master, while the employer would be number two. The robot would never even have to leave work, which would reduce traffic a lot. Each human could only own one robot to collect wages, others could be used as maids, or personal assistants. If one person owned five bots, than that would mean a huge loss of jobs, and too much wages would be given to the rich. This way you make sure no one can have more than one job. Anyone that owns a fairly expensive robot wouldn't need more than one job because they would probably be middle class. Now that you understand how this could work think of the implications. Where to start? This would be a revolution in civilization akin to when agriculture allowed many people not to grow food so that they could do specialized jobs to help other members of their society. This would be the same, for the first time ever humanity could be freed from working for a living. With a steady source of income that likely wouldn't be endangered with the steady, stable work supply, inflation would be reduced to nearly nothing. No one going to work would mean a lot more free time, which would allow more time with the family and spouse. In a positive view people would give more time to charitable organizations, have the time to better themselves through getting a good education, and pursue a generally more happy, fulfilling life. We would have to work out whatever problems come along through legislation, but I think the pros outweigh the cons a lot. This would be the closest to utopia that mankind has ever come if this works out. Wow, our inventions could be the key to our salvation. Pretty great if this works. I'll have even more time to spend on the internet! I NEED TO HEAR OPPIONONS ON THIS, HOPEFULLY THIS IDEA COMES TO FRUITION IN MY LIFE TIME. THIS WOULD BE AMAZING.