Praise our robot overlords.
Robots taking over the world has been a hot topic in the media lately. This growing trend of people talking about robots replacing jobs in fields where you don’t need a particular skill set all started with something Bill Gates said back in March.
Bill Gates was asked about the increasing power of robot technology, and he felt that he wasn’t going to pretend that the issue isn’t a big deal. In fact, Bill Gates suggested that more people need to take it seriously.
Gates stated that “Software substition, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses…it’s progressing…Technology overr time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set…20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”
Was he just talking out of his ass? No.
We’ve already started to see that Google’s self-driving cars may soon become a reality. If they do, and are made electric, it is rumoured that Google has plans to start a taxi service starring their automated cars.
Furthermore, fast food companies have stated that they would much rather have robots work for them in the restaurant, than to have actual people. It’s a logical business decision, because robots are less likely to get an order wrong, you don’t have to specifically pay them, and your robots will never go on strike. On the other hand, what’s going to happen to the millions of fast food employees around the world?
What are teenagers going to do for their first job? Think of the children, goddamnit.
Robots are becoming embedded into our society, whether we like it or not. Eventually, they’ll become embedded romantically.
A recent survey revealed that 17% of people world happily have sex with a robot. If that isn’t alarming, I don’t know what is.