We can’t stress enough how important robotics and artificial intelligence are to the modern and future world. And we also can’t stress enough that having these cool things will come at a cost, and that’s something we’d have to find a way to deal with.
That cost is job loss; yes, us humans in many professional fields will lose our positions to machines with even greater intelligence than our own. It’s already happening, and slowly but surely, we’ll find ourselves at the bottom of the food chain.
Robots Entering the School System
Back in high school, there a robust cleaning system with humans at the helm. It worked well, and that despite us as children with the tendency of deliberately giving the janitors more work. It was both fun and cruel at the same time, but at the end of the day, the cleaners had a paying job.
Fast forward into 2018 and public schools based in Moore, Oklahoma, are using germs killing robots to clean certain sections of the compound. The machines were brought in due to a high absence rate due to illnesses, and apparently, humans aren’t good enough to do the job.
Now, these robots were loaned to the schools via the Norman Regional Health System. These robots are also used in some hospitals, so not even the cleaners in the health industry are safe.
Here’s the thing, these machines work by deploying a 14-foot-wide “bubble” of ultraviolet C light to destroy germs on the surface. They may one day end up deploying a 14-foot-wide cannon to destroy us all. (Bad joke is bad.)
Robots in the Police Force
We’ve long known that the military is no stranger to robots, but what happens when the army wants to get rid of some of its experiments? They tend to get transferred to the police force. In the first half of 2016, up to 200 machines were transferred from the military to the guys and gals in blue suits.
That number is more than what was delivered in past years. Not to mention, it doesn’t account for the robots the police force orders from manufacturers.
It’s a clear sign of how much the United States is slowly transforming into a country where robots are important in most industries, so what will this lead to, then?
Job Loss: 40% in the Next Two Decades
Today, many Americans are worried about foreigners taking their jobs, but that’s just short-term thinking. In the long run, robots will become a bigger threat than legal and illegal immigrants, but folks are too caught up in the wrong thought process to realize what’s going on behind the scenes.
“The jobs of these U.S. retail financial workers are assessed by our methodology as being significantly more routine, and so more automatable than the average finance sector job in the UK, with its greater weight on international finance and investment banking,” researchers wrote.
Interestingly enough, the report claims that more robots could positively affect salaries in the workplace. Isn’t that funny? I mean, better salaries, but there won’t enough employees to benefit from it, only the folks at the high-end of the food chain who call the shots.
It’s now clear why Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook, is fishing for universal income for all citizens.
A world where the citizens rely on the government and big tech companies for money is a distant possibility.