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    Was actually gonna link that exact article.

    I particularly like this graph:

    http://waitbutwhy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/gif

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    All very good, but I findi this video below , showing the body of a rather developed person type robot really gets people to understand how close it all is.

    https://youtu.be/b6UsYcTxpK8

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    'Atlas' is closer to a toaster than what we could have in 10 years.

    Seems like when we think of robots we think of physical jobs like manufacturing or construction and the trades, but that's not even close to scraping the surface. First it will be self driving cars - will destroy not only driving jobs like taxis, buses, freight of all kinds but also any related industries like vehicle manufacturing (as demand decreases), mechanics, the entire oil industry. Finance is already overrun with high frequency trading and is begging for a smarter AI than can actually outperform the market (unlike fund managers). Any technical job like law, programming, engineering will be done much more efficiently by AI once it learns to communicate with humans.

    I think last to go would be high end sales roles like real estate and corporate procurement. Once a transaction reaches a certain size people want to talk to a human - though that also assumes that people are the ones making buying decisions.

    That's not to say that any of this is necessarily a negative, just that capitalism in its current form is unlikely to be what any of this looks like....

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    Yes, computers and robots.
    It's us or them.
    I wonder if we'll see angry villagers with pitchforks and burning torches at Bill Gates' gates.
    Maybe there would be driverless car crushing mobs (once a few kids got run over by them).
    It's going to be a funny world soon.

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    Bring back the hand plow I say.
    Progress has gone just too far!

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    Luddites rise up and smash them robots.

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    Gates is right, really, in that he sees the problem. I completely agree that the world is going to have to adopt new paradigms of what will be, essentially, welfare. If not for the simple reason that people will otherwise not be able to afford the products that the robots are making, selling from automated sites, and transporting to your door.

    Failing that, everyone had best learn robotics software programming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan McIntosh View Post
    Failing that, everyone had best learn robotics software programming.
    So that they can hack the robot and get the goods delivered to their door rather than someone elses?

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    I suppose, in order to tax a robot, it would need to become and legal obligation, if not a legal entity.
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