1.03.2007

 

Robots and Jobs

The following image was scanned from a science book for kids entitled "Mysteries and Marvels of Science", published by Usborne:



It demonstrates the conventional wisdom for robots in the workplace - that robots will take only the "repetitive" and "dangerous" jobs.

Of course, as robots get more and more capable, there will be nothing that boxes them into these specific job categories. Economic pressure will demand that robots fill all jobs as soon as they can do so. So, robots will replace every truck driver, construction worker, restaurant employee, retail clerk, real estate agent, pilot, doctor, etc. in the not-so-distant futue. And thus we will arrive at the Robotic Nation.

Comments:
C'mon, you're using "Jobs" in the title hoping to attract clicks during MacWorld SF, aren't you? Admit it! :D
 
I'm making my own robotically-run farm on my 150 acres. I guess it's somewhat like a small technate.
 
A semi-truck will be cheaper to manufacture if it doesnt need to have to cater to the comforts of a human driver. It will be lighter, requiring less energy, and it could have a special arm to load and unload cargo from and to palletes manned by robotic workers: day or night 365 days a year.

The one thing retarding the development of robotic labor is the practically infinite supply of cheap foriegn labor.

If a political decision cut off Western companies from that cheap supply, then they would aggressively pursue the robot option.

Of course a political decision could also scuttle the new robotic economy at any time. Only with a massive welfare state will people accept massive job loss of any kind without revolution.
 
"Of course a political decision could also scuttle the new robotic economy at any time. Only with a massive welfare state will people accept massive job loss of any kind without revolution."

A massive welfare state is the correct outcome, there is no need to force labor just for the sake of labor once it is unnecessary. Today many live far better than the kings and emperors of the past, to improve the human condition even further is the right thing.
-Zaiden
 
all of these examples are dull repetitive jobs
 
People will fight for their jobs back. It is illegal to shoot a scab, but a robot is just property damage!

Cheap robots can be sent to be suicide bombers for rooms of other robots.

Greed is balanced by resentment and crime.
 
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