Opinion – As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up – NYTimes.com -John Gelmini

BigDog robots trot around in the shadow of an ...

BigDog robots trot around in the shadow of an MV-22 Osprey. BigDog is a dynamically stable quadruped robot created in 2005 by Boston Dynamics with Foster Miller, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf raises interesting points, as does Professor Larry Summers of Harvard, and Eric Schmidt of Google who thinks that 50% of American jobs will be lost within 20 years courtesey of robotics, cybernetics, self-replicating machines, 3D printers, AI and automation.

I think that the genie is out of the bottle and that we must embrace these technologies as ways to eliminate backbreaking manual labour,call centre jobs,the drudgery of housework,supermarket checkout work and controlled parking and many of the jobs in care homes.

People will have to up-skill and do things to make themselves economically self sufficient and we will have to find a fairer way to distribute wealth which will be problematic.

John Gelmini

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