Drew Tobasco

I think it's going to be a bad thing. no jobs means people will quickly die from not having money. if we become comunist there won't be any freedom. you'll be completely at the mercy of government and industry

Marc Fedak

Thanks Kevin, great talk, I've suspected the trend was going as you predict (the work is nearly obsolete), but you've brought up some provocative questions that we should be addressing to prepare for what could be the next Renaissance (a toiless society could lead to more creativity), or the next Dystopia (where only the well to do/elite get to enjoy the "Leisure Society", while the poor majority still have to toil; or in a better case scenario, people become even more hedonistic, physically atropied and dependent on the 'system' than they've become since the Industrial Revolution as compared to earlier manual labour intensive eras.

josif yesyes

dream people dream!!! ironically if we look back in the past how much times computers technology tooks to be where they are now: "it's long time people",and how much people contribute their evolution of a million thoughts solution of every individual problem,and some times people experiment in their own body ,and how much procedures it take to make sure your idea works in the reality what i want to say is that artificial intelligence will grow up with people and the people will be smarter than the technology they have as the situation nowadays for example for the search engine like google if people didn't write informations on the webpages , there will be no information to search about , so the technology grow when people grow not otherwise.

Jim Anguinart

What would we do all day? Check out the Anguinart channel. We could make robots that can self assemble in to any user defined sculpture. Or a robot that can conform to the terrain on an asteroid and drill in search of gems and minerals. Or search for explosives in a war zone. Or self assemble in to a building or vehicle. Or build a robotic spinal column that can self repair. Or a weapon that can camouflage to any terrain.


If humans are still in the picture, this ideology will never be successful for the human. Yes, the cost of the product may go down, but that doesn't mean the price of the product will go down, it just means that whoever owns the product will make more money. The one thing that will like worse for most humans is greed. That will never change, with or without robots.

If we really wanted to start replacing people with robots and have life better for the majority of humans, we need to replace the humans at the top. The greedy.

El Cachureco

This is going to be a serious problem, if it takes too long. I really hope that those researchers develop a standard API/Protocol so that their research can instantly be uploaded to global databases to be used to software and machines. This would help smooth things out, fast.


so virtually everyone will be unemployed and needing welfare until they die off and no longer procreate? Are we returning to a world of medieval kingdoms where ruling class elites control and develop their robots for servitude while fearing their ruling class enemies from developing a superior a.i. robot military that will destroy them?


Think about the first Renaissance: Savanarola causes Bottecelli to burn his paintings, Galileo prostrated in front of the Inquisition for believing in a sun centric solar system, people burned at the stake, the corruption of the Medicis places a pope that bankrupts the Vatican, leading to the Protestant Reformation, one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.  Yeah, the Renaissance was great for the .1%.  Oh wait, NOW I see the connection!

Gene Sammons

Currently people work a job so they can consume goods like food. Some people work two jobs so they can consume more goods. Some people become doctors so they can consume more goods then a fast food worker.

This discussion overlooks the two most interesting aspects of robots.

A worker has two economic aspects, producing and consuming. As more and more goods are produced by robots, this will move more and more income from human workers to the human investors in robots.

In a robotic society, how will workers get income for consumption. The workers will be dependent on what the investors decide to give them from their governments and charities.

There is little evidence that people are interested in "why they are here". People are told that their city was founded by Romulus and Remus. People will listen to this origin story, but they quickly want to return to their jobs.

Sitting in an oncologist's waiting room will show you what people are interested in. They want cures for cancers. These cures come from people who want the income and fame that the cure discovery will bring. Until a robot can find cancer cures without human workers, I see the robotic society as a stagnant and an unexciting society that dooms its people to suffer from diseases.


Eh where does the money for paying these robots come from? They would need to become super cheap before we are free of the need to earn money. And as long as there is a way to exploit an opportunity to make money that's what people will do. Mostly the biggest corporations. Everything has to become so cheap, including electricity for running these robots. Even if you take exponential growth in to account I doubt this would be the case.


There's no question about where automation is headed ; the actual need for human labor is going down, down, down, despite the systemic pressure to keep everyone busy justifying their existence on the planet.  It becomes more & more bizarre each year to keep hearing from our "leaders" about the importance of creating jobs.  If you aren't blinded by ideology, you can clearly see human beings do not need jobs.  Instead of bullshit jobs that don't really help anyone, what we need is a way of organizing economy that doesn't fall apart as automation progresses further & further, to a point where machines are even writing software & performing complex medical procedures.  What will we actually expect of each other?  I think we will mostly want each other to be well.