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Better Than Human: Why Robots Will -- And Must -- Take Our Jobs

Science & Tech  (tags: humans, Robots, tech )

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It's hard to believe you'd have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force. But that--in slow motion--is what the industrial revolution did to the workforce of the early 19th century.

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g d c (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:16 pm

Freya H (357)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:36 pm
Will we all lose our jobs? Not necessarily. If we own the robots, and send them to do our jobs while we reap the benefits - imagine what a society that will be!

Roger G (154)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:12 pm
noted, thanks !

Robert O (12)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:10 pm

Scott haakon (4)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:41 pm
Yes it will be a new economy. But we will not own the robots unless some legislation is enacted. The corps will own them and people ...well let's say we will not have economic usage. The entire economy will be different and there will be many enemies. They will want what we have and will take it by force. That is Human history.

cecily w (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:57 pm
This can be good. "60 Minutes" featured a segment about this tonight. By using robots, Denmark was able to bring back some manufacturing that they had outsourced to developing countries. They were able to do this because manufacturing costs decreased when robots replaced humans in some routine functions. In a way many of the computer programs we use are essentially robots. If we're smart though, we'll stabilize then gently reduce human population growth. Now if I could only justify the expense of a Roomba.

Billie C (2)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:26 pm
doesn't look to good for the human race. if people aren't needed they will disappear.

Tinkie K (71)
Monday January 14, 2013, 2:53 am
Well, I think this is not so good. If robots will be used to perform jobs now carried out by people, then the people will become 'surplus'. To say that there will be other jobs for the people to perform, just like 200 years ago, is not viable. During the last 200 years, many many jobs have been lost and it seems to be getting worser. Look at the situation now with the unemployment numbers. It's not going to get better and eventually if we, the surplus people, will not die of hardships, then I am sure the rulers will help to get rid of us.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:18 am
Very big in Japan.

Vicky P (476)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:30 pm
Scary thought

Natalie V (27)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

David C (131)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:34 am
somebody will always have to keep the robots clean and polished.....but I have always wondered why so many are surprised when we are losing factory jobs, but replacing workers with automated workers......fortunately until we have artificial intelligence someone will have to program/repair/etc the robots won't they?????
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