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if we reeeeally think about it, is it much different than when cars were first invented?   Think of those poor guys that shoed all the horses.   LOL   Something is always coming along to replace something else.... we just have to keep moving... 


posted by -blackcat on August 19, 2017 at 4:04 PM | link to this | reply

hmmm... yes, it can do away with the mundane repetitive tasks, but what I've found (and was a mantra during my career in finance) is that automating the mundane allows us more time to analyze and understand what we have created. Which is the whole point.  Work smarter, not longer. 

Perhaps this concept isn't as useful in the auto industry, but in a place like finance, where Excel and Macros or other programming has allowed us to avoid wasting many hours manually entering numbers...   Yes, it eliminates the low level button pusher, but it opens up roles for those who must maintain the programming or macros..... 

I guess you could say, there may be less need for unskilled workers... but maybe not.  There are new jobs to build the technology... and even in factories, someone has to build the material to make the robots?  or to oil them and maintain the assembly line?   Humans are still necessary.  They just have to be willing to adjust their skill set... much like those coal miners?  


posted by -blackcat on August 19, 2017 at 4:01 PM | link to this | reply

It is amazing, and more than a bit scary, at how quickly AI has mushroomed.

posted by TAPS. on August 19, 2017 at 1:16 PM | link to this | reply


Yes, and we had better realize that, and determine how to best deal with the implications. 

posted by RPresta on August 19, 2017 at 12:12 PM | link to this | reply

The scary part of this - aside from AI which you've discussed earlier -

is that not all of us are adaptable to the changes automation and high-tech brings. Much easier for me to visualize myself tending a garden, running a few chickens and living off the grid than to imagine what my smart house and smart car will be able to do. 

posted by Pat_B on August 19, 2017 at 11:02 AM | link to this | reply

Machines do bring with them a lot of issues. I Am curious to see how these issues are addressed as the 21st century proceeds.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on August 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM | link to this | reply

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