Humans Need Not Apply

This is a great video from CGP Grey that summarizes the whole end game of automation very very well.

I’m not sure what the exact answer is as we seem to run headlong towards the tipping point.

Maybe we dive headlong into a socialistic society (I’ll be the first to vote for the Star Trek Utopia).

But how do we take the leap? Is there a memo sent out one day telling people they don’t need to come into work anymore? Automation won’t come quite that quickly, I suppose.

What do we do once we reach a sustained unemployment rate of 10%? 20%? 45%?

It’s hard to imagine a world where almost half of the population are unemployable, while the majority still have 9-5, Monday to Friday jobs.

I think I’d like to look into this topic a bit more, it’s just such an utterly novel concept that seems startlingly inevitable.



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