12 years ago
quickly, performing some boring, but intricate task very precisely and
The sign next to the robot said: it costs 10 cents per hour to operate
and does not need health insurance or benefits.
I am sure that it is a great selling point for robots.
I am not sure what those robots will do to the rest of us and
especially our kids. All my knowledge of economics says that we will
be better off with the robots freeing us up to do better things. At
the same time I wonder whether we, the people, can keep up our
competitiveness with robots.
Say, what if robots become good enough to perform any task that a
person with IQ under 90 can do. Then who would ever need to hire them?
And what happens when the robots abilities surpass people with IQ 100
(mean IQ)? And then 110? 120?
This article talks about how part of the current joblessness is
structural and not cyclical, meaning that it is due to mismatch
between skills needed and skills offered.
My nightmare vision is refugee towns for unemlpoyed masses, served by
robots, and kept up in comfort just to prevent revolutions.