Too late ; Humans are dead weight.
Few things push pure terror into our psych like the possibility of an alien invasion. And like other movies , “the arrival” plays well into this pop- cultural hysteria of our prospective neighbours from another galaxy . We constantly dream up new ways — each crueller — of our annihilation by the green men of terror. Investing lots of cash and effort into preventing this perceived threat by “getting them before they get us ” strategy.
The largest radio telescope in Tianyan , Dawodang depression china is another in the series of over reactions for signs from the heavens . Yet , little seem to have emanated from those financial block busters . But if we choose to turn our telescopes on earth , we will observe a smaller , not so subtle invasion already in play. One which we seem to be ignoring and planning no contingency for.
The Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots. Even scarier , Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. To understand the purported scale of things, during the american depression, 25% was the magic number of jobless enough to send the economy spiralling.
The initial thought was the only jobs at risk are those with a high level of monotony such as reporting data , filling out forms or checking for customer information. Occupations with creative endeavours , social interactions ,mobility and dexterity were thought to be safe ; not anymore. The “ rise of the machine” has been rapid and far evolving enough to catch up and out perform humans in those area.
One such instance is Tay. Rolled out by the software company Microsoft. This twitter bot was designed to interact with other users on the platform with the language skill of a 19-year-old American girl, thereby learning to write its own tweets.
Creative endeavours: The initial successes of Tay seem to indicate creativity isn’t a one off thing, rather spurned off from experiences, and interactions with randoms enough ideas. Replicating similar procedures with bots and machines could yield innovative ideas too just as Tay was able to create “her” own tweets autonomously . Others too can indeed use crowd sourced technology to leverage inventions. Bots now compose scores; a quick YouTube search yields dozens of songs . They also keep Wikipedia's articles accurate, make crafts and paint art works.
Social interactions: We never imagined Robots will ever be able to reenact the kinds of emotional connection humans share , which still hold true for now , but that hasn’t stop them from trying.
Henn-na hotel in Nagasaki has gone far as to replace staff with robots. Japan is said to be the world’s first with a hotel run by robots. Although users describe the experience as surreal , so is any first time experiences . With time ,such would become the norm and a robotic coach or partner would be so strange anymore such as Pepper; yet another social interaction robot designed to do protocol and relate in a “ human kind ” of way.
Physical dexterity and mobility: Robots were thought to be clumsy and slow ; too unable to navigate through the uniquely human world. All that is changing with drive-less cars and AI robots. Atlas the newest a dexterous bot by the robotics company Boston dynamics turns this conception on its head. This robot can locate things independently , pick them up and stack them without a human’s help. It also recovers from falls and can navigate through woodlands and urban centres.
Lots of people are getting displaced already. Amazon and Foxtel announced recent replacement of huge chunks of their human labour with autos” machines. Others are talking drones and quad-copters for deliveries .
The “ Drone for good “ competition in Dubai reveals the verse capabilities of quads and many of which involve replacing a human or two even in essential services .
So are any jobs safe? Most likely those of managerial capacity and owners of production. But it’s not all good news for them either. With fewer labour cost and tireless machines , productions would double , but there would be just a handful of people with the means to buy those products or mitigate a production surplus. With a surplus to deal with ,cost falls and values becomes worthless ( a similar situation with the spaniards importing lots of silver from south america )
So what do society do with the millions unemployed and the surplus then?
Martin Ford — author of Rise of the Robots — thinks we face mass unemployment and economic collapse unless we make radical changes, such as offering humans a basic wage, a guaranteed income.
We have to be prepare some how. To deall not only with the mostly phycological effect of losing control of tarditional and generic human things but also creating a special melieu , which would solve the earning problem. Maybe it is high time we all put our heads together and sort out humans’ place in the coming future.