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The Robotizing of Man: Future Schlock

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Ariella
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Re: Klaatu barada nikto
Ariella   4/18/2013 8:52:13 AM
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@Douglas yes, that's the country of origin for the Wakamaru Bot

Douglas Alexander
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Douglas Alexander   4/17/2013 11:22:30 PM
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@Ariella...make that 257 robots for every 10,000 people. I typed it right the first time but it came out "1" for some reason. Japan is the most populous robot user.

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Douglas Alexander   4/17/2013 11:19:30 PM
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@Ariella...I see the validity of the argument at this present time, but there will come a crossover point where the robot workforce will begin to encroach on jobs that we presently cannot anticipate as a possibility. Artificial Intelligence will continue to take us closer to robots that can make elementary decisions. Those decisions will be the basis of "stacked" decisions where more complicated decisions can be derived in a probability/decision driven tree. Further developments will lead to possible outcome calculations that will direct the path along the decision tree that will begin to emulate human thought. Now nest the jobs that are facilitated by sequential/repetitive/methodical processes and that crossover point will become like an avalanche of job replacements staffed by robots. Japan has one robot for every 10,000 people now. Big money is being poured into robot technology development at an ever increasing rate. The Cold War between economic powers will be based upon competitiveness via robotic implementations. Driverless cars and trucks, knife wielding chicken butchering robots, robots for surgery imaging and actual operations, etc. More and more job replacements in lesser and lesser time.

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Ariella   4/17/2013 8:38:19 PM
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@Douglad MIT Technology Review came out with a very interesting article on robots yesterday. See  http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513761/will-robots-create-new-jobs-when-they-take-over-existing-ones/. Here's a piece of it:

Edsinger and other robot boosters point back to previous technological revolutions to make the case that even if robots displace some workers, the overall effect on the economy and workforce will be positive. A hundred or so years ago, approximately 70 percent of U.S. workers were engaged in agriculture; the figure today is just 2 percent, Edsinger pointed out. "The tractor [was] one of the great technological disruptions," he said. "I would be happy if we were building the John Deere of robotics in that we were disrupting how things are made but also enabling the workforce to develop in a different direction."

Such analogies feel reasonable, but it can be surprisingly difficult to prove that what seem like indisputable leaps forward did indeed advance the lot of workers. Robot entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, founder of iRobot and now Rethink Robotics, whose impressive Baxter robot can work alongside humans, likes to say that a new workforce of robots like his will reinvent and reinvigorate the economy just as affordable computers and IT systems did 30 years ago. But some academics, such as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, say the evidence actually shows that the arrival of computers and the Internet at work have diminished the U.S. workforce and its prospects (see "How IT Costs More Jobs than It Creates").

 

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Douglas Alexander   4/17/2013 10:54:17 AM
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@Klaatu...The Day the World Stood Still...1951. Would Wally and Leave-it-to-Beaver texted their friends if they had smartPhones? I think so. GORT phone home.

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Klaatu barada nikto
Sparky the Wonder Cat   4/16/2013 8:11:21 PM
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Interesting reference. While I believe technology is evolving faster than human culture, I'm not ready to submit to Gort. Not yet. Sparky/sent from my HAL9000

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Sparky the Wonder Cat   4/16/2013 7:50:53 PM
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William K: "People should make sure they go to cuntryside more often,free from all their technology gadgets and enjoy the nature...." Sparky: I used to think likewise. On the weekends I'd unplug, off-line and LinkOut. But I realized temporary escapes weren't my answer. It was like going to rehab for the weekend then returning to abusive habits on Monday. I had to learn to confront my techo-vices and control them -- no matter where I was.

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Wale Bakare   4/16/2013 11:07:53 AM
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@Douglas, i cant disagree with you neither William's assertion. Even consumers/users are part of this - can hardly single out one to shoulder the blame upon.

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Douglas Alexander   4/16/2013 10:18:40 AM
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@SP.... That being said, I am currently at a hotel with nothing more than my iPad. Instead of watching the big screen TV, I watched two lectures on PCR and enzymes for DNA studies. They were free and they were entertaining and very well presented. This is one good reason why my iPad has become indispensable. I can truly classify my iPad as a necessity for research and self-development. I also have Sonic Racing where I have wasted an incredible amount of time and brain cells. It is like all things in life....mixtures to some extent. Some good and some not so good. If we can leverage the good things and minimize the not so good, we can justify our possessions and preoccupations every time. I can say I need brainless time to take a mental health break. So my not so good becomes not so bad and I have rationalized myself into wasting another few hours, days, weeks, etc. it is sooooooo easy to do. The danger is for kids who spend more time gaming, than studying. Those hours slip away in seconds.

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SP   4/16/2013 2:40:37 AM
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well said, Douglas.

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