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.
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.“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?”