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Is your job under threat from ROBOTS? Expert warns that office jobs could vanish by 2018.

"Machines can significantly increase productivity and therefore reduce costs. They can improve customer service, compliance, scale and efficiency.

Independent AI expert, Massimo Barbato - who wrote Thinking Beyond Limitation which explores the impact of technologies on everyday life - agreed.

‘While it was once mainly lower-skilled jobs squeezed by new technology, AI could undercut the ‘knowledge’ professional.

‘By 2025, machines will be able to learn, adjust, exercise judgement, and re-programme themselves.

‘The hardest hit would be professionals working in sales, education, healthcare, IT, management, finance and law – knowledge-based jobs, where analytics tools, mobile internet devices, apps or web-based services such as the cloud can be developed to outperform humans.’"


I wonder if anyone is "computing" the tangible and intangible costs to not only the adults but also children who'll be affected when parents lose their jobs.

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The people who believe this

had an economics professor that was a socialist.

As said below

complete economic fallacy. For example George Jetson worked 1 day a week pushing a button and supported a family, maid, and dog. The understanding was so widespread it made it to a cartoon, now completely misunderstood somehow.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

The robots are takin' our jurbs


When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Don't cower under your afghan any longer!

Don't cower under your afghan any longer!
Get Old Glory robot insurance.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Don't get me wrong, I love technology

But when it comes to AI... I don't like it. I'm of the opinion that we should never create a machine that can match a human in ability to learn and exercise judgment. That's a recipe for disaster.

I'm also of the opinion that if someone manages to create sentient AI, the abomination should be destroyed immediately and thoroughly.

All that automation

is going to need a lot of developers, designers, testers, documentation writers, project managers, marketers, and sales people...

So yeah, eventually there will be no jobs except programmers to build things and writers to game them to the top of Google.

you're close, but not quite there...

Technology isn't good because it "gives us more work to do". It's good because it increases our productivity.

What we do with that increase in productivity is for us to decide...we could choose to work more (and have an even greater increase of goods), or we could choose to work less (and have a smaller increase in our amount of goods). But that's a good choice to have.

What the author is describing here is no different than claims 100 years ago that agriculture equipment would steal farmers' jobs (90% of population). It DID "steal" those jobs...which was a great thing...it freed up a huge amount of people's time and effort to find better ways to improve each others' lives.

You didn't get the joke.

You didn't get the joke.

No self-respecting robot would do my job for the money I am paid

The money I get paid would not cover lube jobs on a robot.

here we go again...

I wrote a concise rebuttal to this nonsensical argument (which has been rearing it's ugly head for centuries now) a couple months ago.


To summarize...prosperity doesn't come from working at a job. Prosperity comes from CREATING valuable goods and service which make our lives better. If we can have the stuff without the need to work, all the better!

Yeah. (Sigh) Who keeps writing these books and

articles that keep the issue alive?!

I find your rebuttal simplistic to the point of being useless. In any event, the current advances in technology along with global redistribution of wealth - that, for example, has us importing a basic food staple such as garlic from China (whom we will soon be sending chickens to so they can COOK them and send them back http://www.dailypaul.com/305339/chicken-shit-usda-to-allow-u... ) - is merely hasting us towards a paradigm shift with regard to economics, namely, towards a system with a guaranteed minimum income.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Simplistic in deed!

That's probably the greatest compliment I could receive.

Let me simplify it further:

Prosperity improves when we can produce more with less work.

Get real.

Someone without a job can't feed, clothe, or shelter his family.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

We don't have to hypothesize...

This ALREADY happened:

90% plus percent of the population used to be farmers (late 1800's) and that number is now less than 2%. That's got to be one of the biggest cases of "job theft" by robots (machines) in the history of man.

So I guess, according to you, that transition was marred by mass poverty in which the vast majority of the population could not feed, clothe, or shelter their families?

Standard of living (with the exception of a few times the govt got in the way) has ONLY gone up since then.

Me get real? You're saying that increased productivity causes us to be poorer!!! Kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?

Agreed. But I think most

Agreed. But I think most people have a fear of retraining, in order to gain new skills that are needed by the marketplace.