The Upcoming Robot Apocalypse

To be candid, I don’t think the robot revolution is going to go well for the working class.

Humanoid looking robot

Sure robots help make things easier.  For example, these little orange robots help to fulfill orders at Amazon by bringing the item to people to pack and send.  In this case, the robots are just ‘helping’ the human workers and not replacing them.

Amazon Robots

But even with the Amazon robots, they are still taking jobs away from humans.  What use to take 90 minutes in human hours to complete now only takes 15 minutes.  That’s over an hour that would have been paid to a living human being.

Then there are the robots at the grocery store.  The self-checkout computers, which definitely takes jobs away from a human cashier.

self checkout robots

And eventually, probably in the near future, we’ll have robots who serve or bring up our food.  Those would also be eliminating human jobs.  I’m curious if we would have to tip these mechanical waiters and waitresses.

robot waitress server

I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who worries about potentially billions of people who sit around without jobs because robots have taken over.  Candidly, I’m too old to feel the full brunt of this oncoming onslaught.

When there aren’t enough jobs and there’s too much time on a human’s hands things get really violent and out of hand.

Here’s an image of White Supremacists and ANTIFA battling it out.  ANTIFA is a designated domestic terrorist group.  And yes, most of these people are unemployed or acutely underemployed.  The robots will make this situation worse.

Antifa versus White Supremecists

Recently, the Pew Research Center study showed that humanity is concerned with this potential problem.

The Pew survey suggests that as much as 65% of Americans are deeply concerned that robots will replace human workers within the next 50 years. That number was only matched by the 80% that believe it would not personally affect them.

These percentages remained pretty constant through categories of age, household income, employment type, and education level.

Oddly enough, manual laborers, the group most likely hit the hardest wasn’t as concerned.  Only 40% of that working class felt it would impact them.  I’ll let you come up with your own conclusion as to why this percentage is so low compared to others.

The McKinsey Global Institute predicts between 40 to 73 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2030.  The study also shows the shift will increase “income polarization” between the rich and the poor.

It isn’t just manual duties these synthetic humans will master, they’re also getting really good at complicated games like chess.  This strategic ‘thinking’ has already reared its ugly head in the fields of white-collar insurance jobs, and even warfare.

People say there will be jobs to fix these computers and honestly there won’t be 40 to 73 million jobs like this by 2030.  I’d like to leave you with a positive twist on this future, but being candid I can’t.   I’m just glad at my age, I won’t have to deal with this apocalyptic scenario for long.

via Daily Prompt: Candid


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