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Book: Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us?


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JL
- 571 days ago - motherjones.com
Smart machines probably won't kill us all--but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.



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Terry V. (30)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:59 pm
Humans created the robots.........................
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:08 pm
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Dotti Lydon (112)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:29 am
You are so right, Terry.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:46 am
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Kit B. (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:58 am

Brilliant article and so factual. Let's just hope that while we are tuning up the robots we are also clever enough to find alternative work for the humans.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:05 am
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Christina G. (11)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:15 am
unfortunately those who rise to decision making status do not tend to be humane....
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 1:49 pm
The truth about robots is that they are no where near replacing humans. Maybe in a hundred years but not today.
They can't think logically or on a non linear plane. They still need humans to program and maintain them.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:23 pm
Noted---thanks, JL. Makes sense to me, but there must be drawbacks---possibilities we're unaware of. As we reach new milestones, we must be careful not to "corporatize" these new machines.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:03 pm
You are welcome Lois.
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Ryan Yehling (49)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:04 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:49 am
Just one question, can they do anything without a program?
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:30 am
Thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:02 am
You are welcome Ryan and Birgit.
 

Dot A. (135)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 9:53 am
Enjoyed the interesting read, JL! I'll never look at Lake Michigan again without this article coming to mind,... (Lol) Yet, as there are always infinite pros and cons to any new 'thing' which is introduced into our reality, - the creative core of our humanity will probably still command the new horizon. Unless, humans become obsolete, and the digital age becomes the primary resident. All speculation, of course. But, Stephen Hawkins has predicted that we need to find a new homeland anyway. I am of the mind that whatever problems arise, we will rise to find the best solutions that we have evolved to devise. Life's challenges are as constant as the infinite universe. The Jetsons tv show from my era still give me a vision of a robot doing the housework, and the duties which tie up most women to menial labor, and most men are not so excited to pitch in and use up their time with cleaning floors, keeping the laundry done up, or scrubbing pots and pans. That's a 'no brainer' for there aren't many people who live beyond 45 yrs. of age that still get a kick out of doing such chores. Not sure how all of this will get resolved, and I do pray that we use our inventions for the good, rather than something wicked,... But that goes for anything that thus far been invented by mankind. Even a book of matches has potential for good, - or not so good. Let's all focus on how to keep our goals heading for the best of what's to be. There's enough problems presented here in speculation - to fill up - Lake Michigan.
 
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