A History and Future of the Rise of the Robots
R. David Dixon Jr.

What’s the point of this article? I thought I was going to read an article that discusses how we’re going to deal with the “Rise of the Robots”. Instead I got a history lesson on why we care about time and wrist-watches, which is interesting, but how does that tie in to answer the question the article poses, which is, what the hell are we going to do about this? Just when it seems you’re about to get to the point of why I’m reading this, you quit, simply posing the idea that maybe we should do something to prepare for this sooner than later. Don’t we, or at least the audience I think you’re talking to, already know this? I’m looking for the answers. I live in a country where a wacko got elected, because people are so scared of what you’re talking about they’re willing to believe the wolf’s lies, shrouded in feel-good generalities with no specifics. I don’t need an article that responds with generalities. You’re right. We should start preparing now for what this all means. We better start coming up with a real picture of how we’re all going to make a living when machines do all the work…machines owned by the rich getting richer (widening income gap), and communicating that picture to those around us. We need to figure out who we want to be when we grow up as a civilization, which I think was your point. Okay. Please point me to who’s talking about the answers. There’s a lot out there painting a bleak picture of the future, but that seems to exist easily in the absence of positive predictions. Let’s figure out what an ideal future looks like, how we become who we want to be as a society, and let’s talk to those around us about who’s going to lead us there. We need more Star Trek and less Star Wars. (I love SW. Don’t miss my point.)

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