Discussion in 'Clean Debate Zone' started by JimBowie1958, Dec 27, 2016.
natural selection is harsh.
You'd rather they all be on a government dole?
"Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece."
I think we've had quite enough of the idle hands BS.
We can have people living with a government UBI supplement while they work with their own hands making crafted items that they barter for things that they do not have expertise in.
I think it will be Utopia once we shake out the wrinkles.
Scientists built an AI that is smarter than most adults
Robot skin senses warm bodies like a snake locating nearby prey
Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos
While all of the above is true the unemployment will be mostly in emerging markets where toy robots, drones and so on are least affordable. UBI will not be needed much if at all in the EU, Far East and North America.
The average android robot with Strong AI is estimated to cost around $2000.
If you are hiring painters for your painting company, why not invest in several robots that you never have to pay wages to, wont ever have sick days or vacation days, etc?
People will be passed over for robots and the consumer market and government revenues from working class taxes will collapse.
In manufacturing it's different. 87% of all manufacturing jobs were automated. Only 13% moved overseas.
The price tag is the bait, the training and maintenance costs are the hook. If you have a relative of the right age the lego robot kit will give you insight into operating and maintenance costs while providing the kid a leg up on a skilled trade.
Most of the high paying jobs like that are easily out-sourced. They already are; no need to educate anybody, and in fact dumbing down the population even more is desirable from the executive suite points of view, which is why that has been the trend for a long time now. It's a deliberate policy. When demand for anything falls, so does the need for skilled labor as well.
The political fall out will destroy any stability necessary for a good business environment and make a complex and efficient economy to work, not to mention it will destroy any market demand for goods; whatever those robots make will be unaffordable and demand will drop. Essentially the rich will just own their own little factories and produce for themselves; the rest of the population will just devolve down to tribal foraging or develop little independent villages living off of whatever is available locally, as is the case in large parts of the world now; medical care will essentially just disappear for the majority, lives will be much shorter, plagues and famines will finish off a lot of people, water and sewer and hospitals will be gone outside of the enclaves for the top 1%ers. Eventually the 1%ers will kill each other off fighting for what's left. One of the few essays Noam Chomsky wrote where he was probably right re 'The Masters of the Universe' is the most likely scenario.
As for 'jobs for the skilled and educated', the average programmer's 'career' is something 5 years.
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