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  1. Honestly, the Freedom Dividend is the solution. This is terrifying – pretty much whatever job I'm going to get out of college is going to be automated, and what am I supposed to do? Don't know.

    $1k/month for every person is the start that matters. #yanggang

  2. If this is our future… then what are humans supposed to do for employment when complete mechanization arrives? We can't all just wait back, be unemployed and enjoy life; humans need to earn at least a low income to purchase basic goods and services (needed to survive) and to live more comfortably (where humans can actually take more time to relax) higher incomes will be necessary. One of the key macroeconomic goals is to attain the low level of unemployment, this video seems to suggest mass unemployment is on its way; if this is the case then perhaps the world should reconsider moving towards automation so quickly and completely; a solution must first be found for the thousands of jobs that are going to be lost.
    I'd like to here your opinions

  3. The only problem with your reasoning is that earth has a limited quantity of resources.
    There is only so much computers, sensors, actuators and structures (all robot, bot, and auto parts) that you can build.
    Plus, these electronic and metallic parts require large amounts of energy to be built.

    In short, replacing the humain perception and thinking is very costly in energy and resources.
    And probably we had better save these energy and resources for more resource-cost-effective machines, like manual cars.

    By several decades, fossil fuels will be over :
    https://jancovici.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/pic_futur_graph13.png
    We're going to have trouble maintaining our current level of consumption, so increasing it by adding a metal-brain to each already costly machine is most probably going to be way too much.

  4. The only problem with your reasoning is that earth has a limited quantity of resources.
    There is only so much computers, sensors, actuators and structures (all robot, bot, and auto parts) that you can build.
    Plus, these electronic and metallic parts require large amounts of energy to be built.

    In short, replacing the humain perception and thinking is very costly in energy and resources.
    And probably we had better save these energy and resources for more resource-cost-effective machines, like manual cars.

    By several decades, fossil fuels will be over :
    https://jancovici.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/pic_futur_graph13.png
    We're going to have trouble maintaining our current level of consumption, so increasing it by adding a metal-brain to each already costly machine is most probably going to be way too much.

  5. I have some problems with this video.
    1) Automation is a good thing, but you present it as this problem that will make us unemployed when in fact it just makes society more convenient for everybody.2) Not having to work is a good thing. I know a lot of people who would prefer to not do anything intensive. If there's a robot that can do stuff for you, that's good, not bad.

  6. I dont think that my job as a hotel receptionist can be replaced by a roboter, because that kind of job is much more than giving keycards to the guests. You have to be smart, think further. Also social intelligence is needed. A robot doesnt have this. Guests have complex questions and requests. That kind of questions that a robot cannot solve. What would a robot do if a guest looses his wallet somewhere in the city and is not able to use public transport without any money. Right he cannot solve this. But me as a humanbeeing. I solved this in a couple of minutes.

  7. Potentially true, however, it is alarmist and defeatist anyway. No solution posited, no true understanding furthered, except for the obvious 'you're all doomed! DOOOOMED!' that comes with any attempt to break down the human ego. There's no admission that the author might possibly be wrong, leaving the audience to stew in justifiable anxiety over concepts that, through all indications, are totally outside of their control and joining the pantheon of death and taxes in the most inevitable of nightmares. I would expect better work from CGP Grey.

  8. In 1920 we invented the word 'robot' (rossum's universal robots). They killed all humans and took over the world. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'terminator' was 60 years old when it was released. We've known this has been coming for 100 years.

  9. I gonna built a nuke so I can emp the entire world and bring us back 500 years. HEY GOOGLE how do I build a nuke and also how do I build a rocket that can leave the lower orbit of Earth

  10. It's the Fall of the Roman Empire all over again: slaves (robots) replacing free farmers (workers) creating a big mass of unemployed plebs and a small elite of spoiled aristocrats.

  11. I see the auto argument but the human element can also be a blessing.
    1. Car drives on ice. Car brakes. Car slides of the road.
    2. Car gets stuck. Car can’t tell how deep the medium it is stuck in.
    3. Car has an issue. Car doesn’t know. Car breaks and causes a 50 car pile up.
    They put microphones in fusion reactors because humans can detect if something is wrong faster an better. You can always say that tech will catch up. But we are in a limbo. Same thing goes for agriculture. A bot can’t unplug a combine or change a wheeline set.

  12. Never underestimate the capitalists desire to create empty and shitty jobs just to keep the masses from thinking and revolting. At least until they decide to kill us all off.

  13. This is why we need to restructure the economy. Personally, I think automation is amazing! It allows for astounding amounts of productivity at very little cost, freeing people up to do other things with their lives. Of course, there comes the problem of those people who are going unpaid.
    My ideal economy:
    -Massive taxes on every huge company that operates to any extent within the country. I say "to any extent" because there are too many companies that'll move bases to other countries to avoid taxes. I don't care, move if you want, but if you want to do business, you're paying your taxes. Huge amounts of taxes on the rich as well. On top of that, random audits of all massive companies and multi-millionaires. If taxes were found to be avoided or unpaid in any way, they'll have to pay 10X the amount owed. Maybe these rich people will complain, to which I say: "Sorry you can't buy yourself a third private jet, you obviously needed it"
    -Using that extra tax money towards education (an investment, really), healthcare (preventative care is cheaper and easier than treatment), and basic universal income

  14. I guess one of the positive thing of robots taking over is that we can have more opportunity for jobs for entertainment and pleasure alone, if thats good or bad

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