I recently saw an article (not a particularly proven, scientific one, mind you) which stated that the octopus could be the dominant species on the planet if they were more social, due to their intelligence.
Now, regardless of the truth to that statement, it still does raise to me an interesting question: could a society potentially exist where every member was extremely intelligent but antisocial? Make the following assumptions:
- Everybody is extremely intelligent, with an IQ of 200 or more.
- Because of the above point, menial labor has been all but eradicated. Everyone made their own robots to do their own thing.
- Everybody lives together because it is safer, rather than because they like the company.
- Nobody works together, or works for each other. Everyone works alone. The idea especially of working for someone else is extremely unacceptable for these people. They'd literally rather die than do that, because to them it'd be the same.
- They is a form of 'governance', where there are dedicated 'societal decision makers', who make sure that everyone contributes a little bit to keep society working.
- These 'Societal decision makers' came up with the idea that everyone should make their own 'farmer robot' which works on a communal farm, maximizing farming efficiency so that no one needs to care about finding food.
Assuming all the above points to be true and already in place, would this society function? What would be the potential pitfalls and strengths of such a society?
EDIT(1): As pointed out by the first 2 answers, there does seem to be a bit of a paradox in this question. So, I'm changing it a little: this isn't 'no society', this is a society with minimal to no social/obligatory ties.
Also, new point:
- Children are artificially genetically designed and raised by robots. A person may have 'genetic' parents, but they will in no way be connected or raised by them in any way.