“…. tech anxiety got a fresh jolt last month when the White House sent out a Council of Economic Advisers report including a projection that people making less than $20 an hour have an 83 percent chance of eventually losing their jobs to a robot. The odds for those earning up to $40 an hour are more than 30 percent.”
Like I didn’t have enough to be depressed about in the world today, I spotted this story in my email. It is not the first time I have read about robots taking over many jobs now done by humans. Science Fiction authors have written about this for a long time. In 1927, there was a film Metropolis, that depicts a class of poor workers , under the city, running the machines that keep society going and then a human like robot is created.
This idea of robots taking over so many jobs is creepy. I really don’t see robots being as good as or better at being human. There are certain jobs where I do not think they can adequately replace humans such as the caring professions. Would you want a robot caregiver, a robot Nurse?
The Smithsonian article also talks about Universal Basic Income ( UBI) where the government would pay everyone a basic amount to live on after the robots take over. Countries are doing studies now to see how this will work.
If you could be guaranteed enough to live on, what would you do with your life? The Universal Base Income would probably be a small amount of money, not like winning the lottery, just enough to meet your basic needs. I can see certain factions in the US not wanting to support the UBI. The same ones that want to abolish Social Security.
Read more about “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” from these articles posted on Drudge this morning: