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Robots to replace our Workforce

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by The_Giver, May 1, 2007.

  1. The_Giver

    The_Giver Well-Known Member

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    Do you think this is mostly a good thing. I mean it is already happening but what's your take on it?
     
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    1984

    eliminate the useless eaters
     
  3. 9sublime

    9sublime Well-Known Member

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    As long as employment is low, theres not really a problem with it. I guess the utopia is a world where nobody has to work manual labour because the whole economy is run by robots.
     
  4. Think for myself

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    I say well done. Let's advance our culture, our workforce instead of remaining stagnant. We have done nothing of significance since we shot a man into space. We have sat on our collective behinds and watched as the world has passed us by. I say more robots, more technology, and more time off for us.
     
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    ...and by association, less money for the people whose jobs are getting eaten up by robots. Technological progress is nice, but it tends to **** on the little guys, you know?
     
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    Think for myself Well-Known Member

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    Or we could educate ourselves and create new technology, new jobs, and new wealth.
     
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    Who is gonna own the robots?

    If they are all owned by just a few people then all the rewards of their labors go to just a few. Then they threaten the livilhood of the others.

    If they are owned by everybody individually then your job has just gone from being a worker to being a renter of a machine.

    If they are owned by the government, well who knows what that would mean.

    Of course, work performed by humans will never disappear. We will always create a niche to fill.
     
  8. PLC1

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    Pundits have been saying that robots would replace our workforce for at least 50 years now. If it hasn't happened yet, it isn't going to happen. Sure, robots can do the grunt work and make our workforce more efficient, but what robot can pick a winning stock, win a court case, cure a disease, or run a business?

    What has happened is that the low level labor has mostly been taken over by machines. What that means to our workforce, is we need educated people to fill high level jobs.
     
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    Robots

    But the need for people to fill "high level jobs..." is much less than the number of people displaced by automation. What jobs do the rest do?
     
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    Hypothetically, if the worlds workforce was robots, then people could still live in luxury because there would be plenty of everything to go around.
     
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    And what happens the day some disaffected programmer redirects the prevalent worker-bots to enslave the complacent, luxuriating human race?
     
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    If we actually get to the point where robots take over all labor, we will basically end up moving closer to democratic socialism or elitist tyranny. We'll use our resources to create economic growth elsewhere and to boost culture. Eventually there will be little point to further growth and everyone will be trained as generalists in programming/repair type stuff... but we'll be a lot like a society of Maytag repairmen.
    We'll use the time freed up to have fun and create culture.
    Alternately we'll have a completely artificial economy of manufactured needs and a system to keep the elites up top and everyone else working on fruitless activities just to keep them working.
     
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    9sublime Well-Known Member

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    Thats basically it. Would people abuse the utopia for control, or divide out the wealth. I think we know what would happen.

    You would still need judges, lawyers, counsellers etc. to deal with human interaction though.
     
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