ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – I want you to click on and watch the latest video posted by Boston Dynamics on Youtube. Boston Dynamics is the industry leader in robotics in the United States, and has received millions of dollars from D.A.R.P.A., the U.S. government agency that oversees weapons development for the military.
Watch the Atlas robot. Watch it walk upright. Watch it go through the front door and go for a stroll outside. Watch it negotiate snow covered ground without falling down. Watch it return and start stacking ten pound boxes on a shelf.
What do you see? If you are wide awake politically, and a thoughtful person, what should be dawning on you is that this Atlas robot is very close to replacing every warehouse job in the country. Every shelf stocking job in every supermarket across the country. Every fast food McJob, flipping hamburgers, working a cash register (or even being the walking, talking, cash register), every barrista job, every busboy job, every waiter and waitress job. Every retail job in the country could conceivably be done by the Atlas robot, or its next generation, now that the major stumbling blocks of autonomy, gyroscopic balance, and human like dexterity have been conquered by the roboticists.
If a robot can negotiate going through doors made for humans, and track and pick up ten pound boxes, it can be programmed to work in a kitchen, a warehouse, a service station, a construction site…the possibilities are almost limitless, when it comes to manual labor. This is why I have been ringing the alarm bells warning readers that a tremendous economic dislocation is just around the corner. It will be a 3rd Industrial Revolution that puts most of humanity out of work. It will not be like other technological revolutions, in that it will not create new categories of jobs that didn’t exist before. We can’t all become robot repairmen (assuming other robots don’t take those jobs too).
At the same time, the Idiot Left is out campaigning for a $15 minimum wage, and after that they want a $30 minimum wage law. This is just accelerating humanity pricing itself out of the millions of manual labor jobs that still exist. Just as Obamacare mandates have already priced most of the middleclass out of full time, 40 hour a week jobs.
Are you prepared for the economic upheaval that is coming? Do you have a plan to avoid destitution?
The foregoing is the rosy side of the equation, believe it or not. On the dark side of this development, these same robots will be weaponized by DARPA. The Pentagon has already announced that not only does it want robot troops, it wants to give them autonomy to make their own decisions to kill!
Look again at the Atlas robot negotiating the uneven, snow covered ground. Now imagine the next generation being able to walk and run even faster. But wait! You don’t have to imagine. Boston Dynamics already has quadraped versions that can run as fast as race horses today, and will be able to move as fast as cars tomorrow. The video below is of the Wildcat. While this prototype is unarmed, it’s not hard to foresee the next iteration with a machine gun mounted on the spine, cameras that can track you in infrared or any other spectrum, and maybe even has mechanical jaws to rend you limb from limb. You won’t be able to run away from a tracking machine like this, and you can be sure that DARPA wants to perfect this machine as a Hunter-Killer and deploy them in packs.
Now imagine that the government decides one day to set these things loose in an area it deems to be occupied by “domestic terrorists” or people “in rebellion”. The lines from the Terminator Movie come unbidden to mind:
“Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there!
It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t
feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop,
ever, until you are dead.”
Do you still think it doesn’t matter who next gets elected to be president?