Nov 22, 2016 I MJ Banias

Robots to Cut Millions of Jobs and Force Universal Income

According to a recent report by the United Nations and the World Bank, the future looks bleak for human workers. As artificial intelligence and robotics technology continues to develop, millions of jobs will be lost to our mechanised creations.

In a policy brief from the UN Conference on Trade and Development, economies that rely heavily on exports, such as Mexico and developing nations in Asia, are bound to undergo a worker crisis. Robots, and artificial intelligence programs, will be replacing humans in the coming years.

However, as with any massive technological development, there are bright sides. The report goes on to present how small businesses in these nations may be able to use this new technology to their benefit. Simple and small robots, along with 3D printers, can revolutionize many smaller industries.

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Courtesy of Volkswagon, NPR, Universal Robots

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, Space X and SolarCity, predicted that the AI and robot future will force many of these nations to adapt. In an interview with CNBC, Musk stated,

There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation...

The change will be slow, but Musk believes that humanity will have to adapt to this new future. Musk is not worried so much about the robot future, but rather the future of computerized intelligence.

We have to figure out how we integrate with a world in the future with advanced would need to be some kind of improved symbiosis with digital super-intelligence.

When this machine based future does happen, there will be a lot of people with a lot of free time. Imagine, your personal robotic chef is preparing your favourite dinner, while your house’s integrated AI system is regulating your home’s climate and selecting the proper music to go with that Ossobuco. Your kids are in the front yard playing with your dog, which is no longer flesh and blood, but is integrated with your home’s security features to alert you when a stranger gets to close to the property. All the while, it’s 2:00 in the afternoon, and you would normally be a work, but those days are gone, ever since the machines took over. You write novels now, or paint, or create rock art; whatever you want!

Sound too good to be true? It is. It’s really going to be more like this...

MJ Banias

MJ Banias is the author of “The UFO People: A Curious Culture” and curates the popular Fortean blog “Terra Obscura" and YouTube channel. He has appeared on multiple radio shows and podcasts including Coast to Coast AM, and his work has appeared in Fortean Times Magazine, FATE Magazine and in the book, “UFOs: Reframing the Debate."

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