“Once artificial-intelligence software is good enough to drive a car, it will be good enough to do a lot of other things too.”

A robot will take over your job, and soon

#Future

Wed, Nov 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the leaps and bounds technology is improving artificial intelligence, MotherJones' Kevin Drum argues that we will all be replaced by a robot — and sooner than you think. The problem is that unless the profits generated by robots can be properly redistributed, humanity will face an era of "mass joblessness and mass poverty".

[...] Unfortunately, for those of us worried about robots taking away our jobs, these advances mean that mass unemployment is a lot closer than we feared—so close, in fact, that it may be starting already. But you’d never know that from the virtual silence about solutions in policy and political circles.

I’m hardly alone in thinking we’re on the verge of an AI Revolution. Many who work in the software industry—people like Bill Gates and Elon Musk—have been sounding the alarm for years. But their concerns are largely ignored by policymakers and, until recently, often ridiculed by writers tasked with interpreting technology or economics. [...]

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