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Old January 16th, 2018, 05:20 PM   #1
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What is the future of the human race?

Suppose robots really do take over most or all of human labor?

What will people do?
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Old January 16th, 2018, 05:32 PM   #2
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Theoretically we could limit the population by law. Robots would provide for all our needs. Whatever economic system we chose wouldn’t matter much, because there would be no shortage of whatever a person needs.

Would we be one race of indolent, corpulent, drug addicts? Or could we choose some purpose for ourselves?

When wealth is irrelevant and poverty is only in history books where do we find motivation?
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Old January 16th, 2018, 06:01 PM   #3
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Suppose robots really do take over most or all of human labor?

What will people do?
Nobody wants to work.
When people have hundreds of millions of dollars, they don't work.
They amuse themselves.
It's the desired state of humanity.

We want to eat and drink and make love, and maybe play golf or tennis or surf or shoot skeet.
Nobody wants to work, that's a myth to keep the donkeys at the treadmill.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 06:25 PM   #4
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Nobody wants to work.
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We want to eat and drink and make love, and maybe play golf or tennis or surf or shoot skeet.
Nobody wants to work, that's a myth to keep the donkeys at the treadmill.
There are people who would keep working as an avocation, I suppose. People who love what they do - astronomers, architects, maybe doctors. People in the social sciences, maybe teachers & professors. People in the plastic arts, music, plays, voice. Yah, if robots & other automation provide all the food & day-to-day goods, we won't have to work, clear enough.

We'll finally have the time & resources to do all those things we've promised ourselves we'd do once we had the time & money. Some of us may actually try to carry through.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 07:24 PM   #5
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I think most of the population will turn into the type of welfare and drug addicts that pleague the cities usually run by democrats.
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Old January 17th, 2018, 03:25 AM   #6
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I don't know much about robots, but I do know that technology is taking jobs--maybe that's the same issue.
I had some lab work done recently--same lab I've gone to for years, but this time there was something very different. Two computer kiosks! Self-check in. One less person at the desk.
Chaos reigned. Shortly after the lab opened (6:00 am) there were 35 people standing in line to check in. YIKES!
So apparently, even in the health field, jobs are being taken by technology.
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Old January 17th, 2018, 04:52 AM   #7
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Nobody wants to work.
When people have hundreds of millions of dollars, they don't work.
They amuse themselves.
It's the desired state of humanity.

We want to eat and drink and make love, and maybe play golf or tennis or surf or shoot skeet.
Nobody wants to work, that's a myth to keep the donkeys at the treadmill.
goober doesn't enjoy his work, and he believes everyone else feels the same way....

I've never had a job that I hated. On the contrary, just like I loved going to school, I've loved my jobs.

I loved building houses. I loved being a journalist and editor. I loved managing an auto repair shop for an uncle. I loved being a sculptor and having an art gallery. I loved being put in charge of building, from scratch, a golf course. Absolutely loved being a waiter in four and five star restaurants. In my teens, I loved being a customs courier for my dad's ocean freight company, going aboard the ships, meeting captains, sometimes families, taking care of their customs needs, sometimes taking them sightseeing.

I loved my very first job, at 13, sacking groceries.

My first lover in university was six years older than me. She was quite accomplished artistically and well-connected to the upper crust of Houston's upper class. I met tons of really rich people before the age of 20.

I can characterize their life experience in three words: Bored as shit. Every once in a while, one of my girlfriend's lady friends would try hit on me, to relieve boredom I suppose. Turning them down was tricky. .

Seems, when doing anything is within a person's reach, doing everything after a while is boring.

"What will people do?" is a major challenge. Living on Easy Street seems to bring out the worst in people, every single time.

We learn through struggling and take the struggle away and we tend to become mentally and physically out of shape ... and worse.
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I think it's a matter of attitude. I count myself lucky - I've looked forward to the day when I can read what I want, when I want, all day & night if I want. The TV doesn't hold my attention, the newspaper only takes a little time.

The day to day basics of living don't take very long. So I can pursue my interests. So far, I'm in no danger of catching up even with the reduced rate of publishing - of reading everything that I'm interested in.

Nothing but good times ahead.
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So some are floating this idea of a guaranteed income. No struggle to survive required. Everybody just gets by. Imagine the detrimental effects this will have on people.
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So some are floating this idea of a guaranteed income. No struggle to survive required. Everybody just gets by. Imagine the detrimental effects this will have on people.
But think how that's exactly where our technology is taking us. We aren't in the habit of questioning where technology is taking us.

No, hell no, we've got "free market capitalism" as our religion. If it makes money, it's got to be good.

Technology makes tons of money, and it's promising to relieve humankind of all its struggles!!! How soon before we're all chipped?
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