Both Mashable and the Huffington Post bring to attention BBC's Secrets of Silicon Valley, where former Facebook executive Antonio Garcia Martinez warns that in 30 years technology will remove half of the world's jobs, causing chaos and violent conflicts. Scenes like these may soon be the norm.
AAccording to Antonio, many tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are just as pessimistic as he is about the future they’re building. They don’t say it in public of course, because what’s the point. It’s inevitable, they say; technology can’t be stopped. It’s a force of nature.
Even just a couple of years ago, this would have sounded like just another exhibit in the long-tradition of American dystopian paranoia. But the robot jobs apocalypse argument is starting to sound more reasonable by the day.
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|“Datamining is based on selling stuff to people, but the same technology is going to eliminate everyone's jobs.”|
|“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.”|
|“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.”|
|“Many [Silicon Valley] parents now have serious concerns about tech's impact on kids' psychological and social development.”|
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|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”|
|“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”|
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|“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”|