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15 August 2014 @ 10:29 am
Robots In Control  
CGP Grey has another video out, this time a very well thought out argument about why we should be concerned about the rise of robots (in the work place.)

It's hard to argue the "should be concerned" side when it's so easy for the opposing side to just respond "jobs eliminated by technology in the past have always been replaced by other jobs, you're just being a Luddite."

"It's never happened before so it won't happen in the future" isn't a very logically sound argument, but it does hold a certain amount of emotional weight.

But in any case, the rise of robots could either bring about a communist/socialist utopia unlike anything any political revolution could ever dream of achieving, or it could bring about a cyberpunk/Elysium/Snowpiercer type dystopia with 99% of the human race being not just poor but totally unemployable. More likely of course we'll muddle through somewhere in the middle, though probably enduring a lot of growing pains along the way.

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Steven DeFordwillworker on August 16th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
My impression after watching that video was more "and you thought income inequality was bad now!" Yes, technology has replaced people's labor in the past, but rather than saying "great, we all don't have to wirk as hard," the response has always been "great, you guys need to do something else and thereby raise our standard of living." I think it's going to look closer to "more unemployable people" than "Star Trek utopia."
Kirinkirinn on August 17th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
...and this is why I want to work on gradually getting society comfortable with the idea of guaranteed minimum income.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 27th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
I waver a bit between whether it's better to have guaranteed minimum income or guaranteed housing, food, and health care.
Kirinkirinn on August 27th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I also want universal healthcare on top of that, since it's such a wildly unpredictable expense that no baseline income would be guaranteed to cover it. But I still like the minimum income idea. The vast majority of people will use it on food and housing first anyway, and beyond that they know best how to put it towards whatever they need taken care of so they can focus their energies on more productive pursuits.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on August 19th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
...but we already live in a cyberpunk dystopia? (I don't think it's because of robots though)