Shocker: Wired Has an Ass-Backwards Take On Something

When Robots Come for Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them? | Opinion | WIRED

Robots won’t “come for our jobs.”

Somebody will send them.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Shocker: Wired Has an Ass-Backwards Take On Something — 2 Comments

  1. Somebody will send them.

    Too late by more than half – “somebody” already did.

    In the not-too-distant-future, for instance, it’s highly likely that no one needs to worry over-much about illegal aliens taking away those “jobs Americans won’t do” – far more likely, the illegals themselves will be “outmoded” – along with every other human – displaced by cybernetics/robotics that will take over a high (and ever-increasing) percentage of jobs that involve work that can be (or already is) highly-systematized within a particular environment – especially one that’s uncomfortable or even actively-hostile to humans – and thereby highly-repetitive (and, frankly, pretty damn boring) within a certain range of activities.

    Robotics are already taking over a whole range of jobs where high-precision repeatability, coupled with high speed and controlled with modern “discriminatory” software systems, are of great value – for instance, an increasing amount of cancer surgery is being done using cybernetic systems. It’s been quite some time, now – several decades, in fact – since robot “arms” gradually started taking over a whole range of manufacturing and assembly tasks – in the U.S., as well as in a number of other countries, pretty much all automotive production plants now use them for welding, painting and other jobs.

    Only the relatively-high “first costs” – plus some secondary difficulties like labor unions and the usual resistances to change by “traditionalists” – are keeping such systems out of places like fast-food preparation and service.

    It’ll be awhile, yet – but it’s coming, and, as BG makes reference to, the economics involved may not be a barrier much longer…

    But then – you already mostly knew all that, right?

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