reply to post by Unseenmonument
Imagine the day when our companies don't need to hire designers or engineers, pilots and bus drivers, mathematicians or historians. What will people
do when companies can afford a thinking machine that can work better for cheaper, and not have to worry about it ever filing a law suit or being
Have you seen the Photoshop CS5 demo of the "content aware fill option?" Creating brand new imagery from existing data, what's to stop a thinking
machine from going one step further? Creating a brand new imagine from data stored in its memory? Where will these jobs go, will our current culture
"Our politicians will save us!" Is that what you think? Considering congress recently passed legislation that allows any corporation to fund any
candidate by giving them as much money as they wish, what makes you think they would fight for your rights when corporate goals write their paychecks?
Where does this leave humanity when all the cheap labor and hard labor can be done by a thinking machine?
How does our culture survive?
And to me, it seems everyone expects the thinking machine to resemble a man, a walking talking human shaped computer that will slowly replace us in
our everyday lives, this isn't the case at all. These thinking machines will be the buses, trains, and planes of our transportation services, the
large ocean-liners that haul people to their vacation spots and cargo across the seas and well as the cranes that unload the ships and the trucks that
take them to their destination. The thinking machine will be your family car that you can send to pick up James from football practice, or the
chauffeur you hire on prom night.
Countless jobs begging to be replaced.
Imagine a day when nobody has to be hired as a stock clerk, miner, cashier, truck driver, fisherman, farmer, garbageman, etc. A day when we do what we
do only what interests us.
So why exactly is the future bad for our culture? Because we're moving into an age where computerized machines will be capable of doing more work
while at the same time there will be more than 6,500,000,000 people needing jobs. That is a clash of interests if I've ever seen one. Fewer jobs and
more workers, get it?
And if you think our answer should be to stop the progress of such technology, I ask you, why? Why should a man have to do work capable of being down
by a machine? Our fear of machines replacing us in the workplace is due to us fighting the reality that our current systems is slowly becoming, if nor
But these are just my thoughts, and I'm no expert. What do you think?
Paying farmers not to grow:
How we sold our Government:
IBM and US Government Seek to Build Computer Brain as Smart as a Cat:
Photoshop CS5 Content Aware fill:
Light bulb to lasts 17 years:
Picture is from xkcd.com:
[edit on 6-6-2010 by Unseenmonument]