posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 05:56 PM
That subject really strike home, when I saw (few weeks ago) a 60-minutes report on the future of robotics.
The main point of that reportage was that we reach the threshold where any advance in robotics result in a net diminution of the global workforce.
Previously one could argue that the cut in workers was compensated by a programmer of the robot, therefore no lost of jobs, but more efficiency, more
production. Today it is less workforce (total) and far more production output.
As you probably know Google certify cars driven by robots (not a robot as such, a software, but no humans) it is now authorized (in some states) to
drive itself (insurance go along with that). So soon, simple delivery jobs (the shuttle car bringing auto parts to your garage (maybe your pizza
delivery) even a taxi, could be replace by a robot cars).
There are even software that take raw data in business or sport and cook a resume article (something that you might think, take some «analysis») and
you will be hard pressed to decide if it was written by a human or a machine.
So if in 20 to 30 years from now, 30 to 40 % of the jobs are displace to robot, how will society work? Don't forget we will soon reach the point were
robots will repaired themselves, maybe even design the next generation, again always requiring less people to make the whole thing work.
1- Two class of peoples (one with skill, jobs, living in gated community, arms to the teeth), the other one in slum, unemployed living from social
security (I assume this will quickly be phased-out, so living in poverty).
2- Peoples will now be free to invent the future ideas (will that generate enough work for the displaced people?).