We are currently witnessing the second wave of automation. The first happened in the 1980s when industrial robots replaced some repetitive industrial jobs. The current trend has a bigger scope. Is automation ultimately a...
We've been making progress for longer than any of us have been alive. The difference is that throughout the years, the ways of progress change. From sacks on camels, to wheels, to ships, and eventually where we are today. This poll is an incredible form of question bias. We are not in the second wave of automation, we are somewhere in the thousands (if not more) in the wave of progress.
It's good for me, I make big $ selling automation.
As tech improves, jobs become less
Anyone who thinks innovation and invention is a bad thing needs too consider suicide
It could be great if we were to all benefit. It could bring about a 3/4 day work week but those at the top will never allow it.
They will automate the Pokémon hunters now!
It's a great thing that will results in increased production efficiency and thereby lower prices and higher profits.
Very terrible. All automation and technological advancement comes at the expense of nature, with the nuanced exception of green energy, because it is just slightly better than the incredibly dirty oil and gas and coal.
All of it does? There's a lot of automation that reduces the use of materials and the like. I think your problem is with industrialization in general.
Is Wall-E so far away? Have you selected your lounge chair yet?
Yes, I do think industrialization is inherently bad for the environment, so we should end it.
Stop making cell phones, batteries are the worst things ever!
That's actually pretty true rons. I've been using a cracked up phone for a year now because I don't want a new phone until I've had this one for a couple more years.
What are Luddites doing using a smartphone, tablet or PC to access this app?
Shouldn't they be in a cave gnawing on a large bone and drinking fermented berry juice from a scullcap? 💀
For me, it's an issue of community.
Like I would rather live in an automated community than alone in nature, because we're social beings.
Prae, talking actually about batteries are so prevalent they are one of our worst polluters.
@rons: I've had a Schwinn bicycle headlight for a while that was solar powered. Charge in sunlight by day and go for hours at night.
Couldn't cellphones be solar powered?
IDK. They do have solar chargers. What do you do with a cell phone run on solar at night? But it's not only that. Batteries are in everything. My home radio has battery back up. Flashlights, toys, tool, computers, and a million other battery drive items. The batteries end up in the landfill.
The energy can be stored in a capacitator:
However, a "battery" isn't all bad as long as it's permanent and lasts as long as the device. Only exchangeable, non rechargeable batteries are bad.
I have a solar phone charger, but it hasn't seemed to work for me.
Twenty years from now, we won't have to charge our phones but once a week. Nanotechnology is going to make sure every drop of energy gets used and nothing gets wasted between charges. By then, they will be too priceless to throw away and will probably have cash incentives to recycle them.
That must be a pretty big capacitor!
No, nanotechnology is very small.
Doesn't exist for capacitors yet. You have to reserve 5 watts of power in the 100 milliamp range for hours. Do you know of any battery less phones?
I'm just paraphrasing what I heard in a business class from a guy who was co-owner of a battery company. He was undertaking a plan to make batteries to replace generators for the military and hospitals.
I certainly don't know as much as you about batteries.
I know just enough to get by.
Good, there are some worrying trends relevant to automation but I do think there's an alternative that would be able to harness it more effectively, I agree in many ways with this video youtu.be/dmQ-BZ3eWxM
As human labor becomes obsolete, they'll be unable to earn a living and/or forced to perform manual labor to support their replacements. This change will drastically alter individual confidence and increases in depression will become commonplace. As transportation robots have their routes electronically curtailed via GPS, restricted movement without permission should contribute to human suffering over time.
Like, avoiding 40,000 traffic fatalities annually by letting a bot drive?
A small price.
You can do better than micro-thought.
Bad jobs being eliminated = good thing.
Ultimately is will replace human labor making humans, realistically useless. You can program a robot to do anything and in the long run its cheaper then paying a worker every week. Or when ever you get payed. Unless strict regulations are out and enforced in the robotic industry then humans will basically be null and void.
It will free humans from doing repetitive work.
It will free them from the near slavery of a job.
It will lead to a society where you can freely be with family or pursue hobbies.
If you need work to feel satisfied, that's a sorry thing.
You've just made my point for me. Robots will control everything, if they get smart enough they will just see us as lazy slave masters. In this world lets me honest humans won't do much, we are too simple minded for that. We will just sit back, watch tv, eat food and wait for robots to realize how f-ed up all of this really is.
Ginger, there are these things called off buttons/switches that we can push if it ever comes to that.
Lol. Fair enough.
Robots didn't design us, we designed them.
We can decide how much control we give them.
We can but then again we are obviously not the greatest at designing stuff, there are always flaws. I'm just saying I really don't want a robot world.
Near unstoppable and ultimately good in the long run.
Productivity is the same at higher efficiency at a lower cost.
This will eventually free everyone from boring jobs and leave enough surplus for a basic minimum income.