The Robot Problem

Robots are coming, and how about a prediction that they put half of the worlds' working population out of a job in the next 30 years, when machines are able to do pretty much everything a human can? Will we all be traipsing around in flowing white robes wearing placid expressions and studying music, philosophy and Zen Buddhism? 

Hmm, "work" - no, I'm not familiar with the term.
This topic has been brought up in a serious manner several times recently, by people like Dr Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.  Futurist Ray Kurzweil takes the other position that this will indeed be a boon for mankind, a sort of utopia. I hope Mr. Kurzweil is correct, but I honestly doubt it.

Now, Professor Moshe Vardi of Rice University has presented his position to the American Association for the Advancement of Science:
“We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.
“I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”
Assuming humanity does not blow itself up or be otherwise decimated or destroyed in the interim, it's a real potential problem that should be take seriously.

The Guardian

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