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Written by: Ivesavega and Thaddeus (3 Taylor)
“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.”
But what will happen to the sacked workers? We all know what happens to those who are run over by technological progress in today’s world: they are simply crushed and left to live a life in poverty and misery. It was the same when industrial agriculture destroyed small farmers or factory production replaced craftsmanship. Is the working class the next in line to be crushed by the development of capitalism?
Will a fusion between humans, AI and robotic systems be the future of high qualified work?
Have you seen anyone without a gadget on their hands? Barely. From gadgets made in America, China or even Malaysia, they are globalizing everywhere and everyone thinks that owning a gadget is a necessity not a want. And so, technology keeps advancing. Technology is globally integrating and has innovated things beyond what humans are capable of doing. The innovations of human replicas Now, with over 2 million robotic employees worldwide, we’re automating our personal and working lives more than ever. The end of the working class can happen in two ways. One option is that it will be replaced by machines and completely marginalized, contributing to the massive inequality of our society and making it probably impossible to ever change it. In such a future a small group of privileged upgraded humans (i.e. cyborgs) would work for a tiny amount of companies and the vast majority of humans would be apart of the economic process and therefore power.
The other option would be that our society decides to go the next step in social development, to rule that the fruits of non-human labor should be the property of all of humankind who collectively contributed to its development. In such a future we would not be threatened by the replacement of human jobs by machines because it would mean that we could focus on funnier things like space exploration, culture, social contribution or taking care of nature.
We prefer obviously the second option, but we as humankind have to develop strategies to make this future reality!
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