ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – We interrupt our regularly scheduled Terrorist Tuesday column to bring you this emergency headline: Most humans on the planet will be unemployed by the year 2045.
So says Moshe Vardi, an Israeli professor of computer science at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. Vardi recently delivered a talk to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, exploring the question: “If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”
The short answer is: Nothing. Unionized fast food workers demanding $15.00 an hour are already finding themselves tossed out on their ears, replaced by robots.
Companies like Uber and Google are rushing to roll out self driving cars and trucks, and when they do, millions of driving jobs will disappear, for humans, virtually over-night.
Professor Vardi estimates that half of all the workers across the globe will be replaced by machines within the next 30 years. This will create massive economic dislocation and social upheaval, wiping out middle-class jobs and the middle class itself. Vardi contends that robots will take over in many spheres of life, up to and including sex robots, putting the world’s “oldest profession” out of human hands for the first time in human history. Actual sex “dolls”:
We aren’t that far away from scenes depicted in the science fiction show “Almost Human”:
When even the “Oldest Profession” has been lost to human labor, then what hope is there for the future of human employment? Do we face a near future where we are all just sitting around reading each other’s blogs and other literature? What happens to the consumer economy when consumers don’t have the job income to buy anything?
It’s extremely hard to think of professions that could not be done better by robots. Why pay an actor a high salary when a robot can be programed and made to appear to mimic all your favorite actors and actresses throughout history? Why use a human actor when a robot never ages? Why use humans for soldiers when you can use a robot that doesn’t bleed, can’t die, and never gets tired, feels pity, or remorse? Once robots can move deftly enough to do any industrial or service industry job, what’s left? Even professions like doctors, nurses, lawyers, judges, and teaching are up for grabs.
Our government and industry leaders are actually leading the charge to turn over more and more human professions to robots. The U.S. government is steamrolling state laws away to clear a path for the accelerated introduction of self-driving cars. Our government can’t wait to see the freedom of the open road taken away from humanity. D.A.R.P.A. is funding the development of drones and robots to replace human soldiers and pilots. One has to seriously question the ultimate intentions of government when they are working so hard to usher in the robotic takeover of the human economy. The government is planning for a future without most of us in it.