Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
Scott Santens
8.9K199

Congrats! You’re now a believer in (the basic underpinnings of) socialism. Welcome. Seriously though — the idea that “life” should not be distributed to people solely based on their ability to add economic value is an idea that many have pushed for a long time now. What’s new is that this level of machine intelligence, and the accompanying productivity gains it provides, makes the situation so stark even lots of people who I imagine 20 years ago would have scoffed at any sort of major re-distributive economic system now are seriously considering it. And of course, the other side of the coin from “machines are stealing all our jobs so no one can make any money” is “goods and services can be provided in high quality and quantity without massive inputs of human labor, so overall standards of living go up even for those without money.” Of course, the happy ending of a post-scarcity world, fairly shared, isnot ordained — just as prior technological jumps saw their fruits concentrated with the few who controlled them, until labor unions and other political interventions helped improve conditions for the masses, this next revolution will require the same sort of pushback. Not to get all Bernie on you, but this is why I worry about so many tech luminaries avowed anti-politicism — without coordinated action by, and on behalf of, the people being put out of work by this technology, I feel no confidence that “let half the people starve” won’t just be the default response.