American businessman Marc Cuban warned that "automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to be ready for that," after pointing out that the Trump administration does "not understand technology advancements."
"But there are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people ... Driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick," Musk said.
Musk, among others, has been speaking about ways to deal with the displacement, including a growing chorus of voices in the technology industry calling for a universal basic income.
Not everyone agrees. The Editorial Board of the New York Times thinks that blaming robots is "a distraction from real problems and real solutions," and instead goes straight to pointing fingers at politicians.
While breakthroughs could come at any time, the problem with automation isn’t robots; it’s politicians, who have failed for decades to support policies that let workers share the wealth from technology-led growth.
The response in previous eras was quite different.
When automation on the farm resulted in the mass migration of Americans from rural to urban areas in the early decades of the 20th century, agricultural states led the way in instituting universal public high school education to prepare for the future. At the dawn of the modern technological age at the end of World War II, the G.I. Bill turned a generation of veterans into college graduates.
|Randomized Consumerism: Darius Kazemi's Bot That Buys Him Random Crap from Amazon|
|RHex: All-Terrain Cricket-Like Miniature-Robot|
|“The number of human employees may even drop to 20 someday.”|
|Betty, the Robot Manager|
|Insect Inspired Flying Robots|
|"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."|
|"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."|
|Nerf John Wick|
|“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”|
|"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."|
|Top 10 Reasons Men Are Scum|
|“That glazed-over look a grandma has at a Vegas slot machine is the same look Facebook chases in its users scrolling the feed.”|
|“The use of AI assistants may dramatically accelerate and broaden what might be looked back on as a global period of cognitive decline.”|
|Loneliness is Not an Old Friend|
|“You can make spaceships much bigger than anything we’ve seen so far in history.”|
|“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”|
|“It's unbelievable how much energy is released.”|