Well, they can do art, but...
I think you’re in an incredibly interesting field, and the intellectual challenges are thrilling, but the premise that a non-human approach to or performance of a task is inherently superior to human performance, is flawed. Even though new robotics are capable, and more capable than some humans in certain performances, they are tools.
The natural world has requirements for natural exchanges, that ultimately tools can’t replace, Like co2 and plants, feeding exchanges in ecosystems, handling a mollusk, stuff like that. Intuitions, leaps of human experience, and then matching the science to the situation are invaluable.
I hope you guys don’t mind being used as examples:
Case in point, Josh of Kamoka pearls was handling nets of mollusks for cleaning when he noticed that between hauling the nets into more shallow water and the time they were inline for cleaning, somehow they were cleaner. His brain noticed and drew conclusions, and the insights gained helped restore an ecosystem. A robot would’ve had to be programmed to ‘notice’, by a human.
Douglas (CortezPearls), made note of how our US dam on the Colorado affected water volume, the mix of fresh- and salt-water and the flats down in Mexico, in one of his presentations at the pearl Ruckus.
Thanks for the reference to Bretton-Woods, that was a fine subject to explore, Douglas!