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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 04:48 PM

Automation has the potential to replace ALL jobs over the next few decades. Some estimates have computers thinking as well as humans in less than 15 years. This snowball started rolling down the hill decades ago, but it is really picking up speed now. Ultimately no one’s job is safe. It’s only a question of time.

How does an economy work when human labor has no value?

This is not like previous technological revolutions. In the past, automation, or more generally increases in production efficiency, freed people to do more complex tasks. This is probably the biggest part of mankind’s continued improvement in quality of life. But, once machines can do everything we can do, there is no next level.

There’s no stopping this. Businesses will continue to improve efficiency via automation because this lowers their production costs. While business can see that this reduces their customer base, there’s no direct connection to a specific business.

Perhaps it will require laws that require businesses to spend X% of revenues on human labor. In the end, I don’t think it will be up to us. Eventually the computer (yes one large, distributed computer) will control us. It will be up to this computer what happens. However, I suspect it will be benevolent, and probably will let us think we are still in control.

-- Clin

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