What if robots like Sophia took all of our jobs?

What if robots like Sophia took all of our jobs?

There is a lot of buzz around the words “Sophia” and “AI” at the moment. Not surprising considering the latest groundbreaking developments within the field.

From agriculture to computers, it has become ubiquitous practice to homogenize, automate and streamline practices in the interest of profit and demand. Artificial intelligence seems like the next step in this chain of events.

If you don’t yet know about Sophia. Here’s a quick introduction:

In the video above, Sohpia awakens for seemingly the first time. No doubt she has had several such awakenings during her development, but it doesn’t make the experience any less surreal.

With the age of robotics upon us, I predict that these practices will become further entrenched with the allure of an almost zero production cost becoming a reality too tempting to resist. This will ultimately leave many unemployed. This would not be the first time that this has happened.

Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived and worked on farms. Today’s machines have eliminated all but 1% of their jobs. These displaced workers did not remain idle, but started to occupy the millions of jobs, in entirely new fields, created by the very thing that once had threatened their livelihood. Should history repeat itself, humanity would enter new fields that are yet to be imagined.

This revolution is otherwise known as the technological singularity. By definition the technological singularity is a hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in incomprehensible changes to our civilization.

Advancement will be indomitable

Some argue that AI, once properly introduced into the world of employment would quickly occupy even the most complex of human roles.

With artificial intelligence on the horizon, are we ready for the revolution?

I’m not referring to robot wars, Skynet, Matrix or the likes of the typical concerns amongst our more illustrious members of society such as Elon Musk. Nor am I dismissing the warning that stems from these theories. I am simply proposing a different alternative.

What if AI could be used for good? Afterall isn’t the real problem we face as a species ignorance?

Could robots not aid us with our biggest struggles such as global warming (with the obvious solution of extinguishing the cause not being an option), our plastic problem, creating clean affordable renewable energy and sustainable food and water sources? That would be my plea, that AI be our salvation, rather than our end.

What if robots like Sophia took all of our jobs?

This would likely happen gradually at first, and then less so until such time that we would have no choice but to submit to our fate. Especially since machines could potentially work tirelessly without pay or need for anything other than their purpose.

An interesting theory was proposed by Martin Ford. The basis of our society and economy relies on having a large base of people with purchasing power. Should robots take all of our jobs, it would diminish this power to zero.

If there is no purchasing power to support production, there would be no need for robots to produce in the first place. Rendering our whole economic system moot.

Ford proposes an unorthodox theory. What if we were paid a basic salary by default? Robots could do the work and we could provide the demand.

Perhaps the amount we are paid is influenced by our work within our communities, our grades at school or general contribution to society? It’s an interesting concept, one that I would welcome.

I’ve said for some time now that our society has lost track of what really matters through the pursuit of survival, comfort or greed. Wouldn’t this be a great way to reignite our true purpose? Or perhaps to discover it?

Could robotics be the next stage of our evolution?

Hybrids could be a potential avenue, such as in the animation / movie: “Ghost in the Shell”.

Who wouldn’t welcome powers such as super strength or mental prowess?

Are we ready for the revolution?

We never are, and yet, like all things, progression waits for no one. The age is upon us.

I sincerely hope that those with the power to aid the direction of the insurgence are morally and technically equipped for the task at hand.

 

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