The robots are coming! (And they want our jobs)

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2015-03-12 07.07.52 pm
Machines are about to be able to do all the work! In this astounding video Jeremy Howard explains that learning algorithms are about to enable computers to do 80% of the current employment in the developed world.

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.

This raises important questions such as:

  • why don’t we all work less and get paid a citizen’s income?
  • if we change the economy and society so we work less for money and spend more time being creative in our communities and growing food can we save what is left of nature and stave off ecological collapse?
  • freed from economic slavery – what will we do with our time?

John Lanchester drew attention to a league table drawn up by two Oxford economists of 702 jobs that might be better done by robots: at number one (most safe) were recreational therapists; at 702 (least safe) were telemarketers. Anthropologists, Graeber might be pleased to know, came in at 39, so he needn’t start burnishing his resume just yet – he’s much safer than writers (123) and editors (140).

David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’ here

How should we prepare for the time when machines surpass humans in intelligence? Professor Nick Bostrom explores the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life. Once machines achieve human level intelligence their innovation may create super intelligence within minutes.

This new super intelligent being may not just be capable of solving climate change but also of shaping all future trends on our planet.

The Robots Are Coming by John Lanchester here

To coincide with the biggest online shopping day of the year, cyber Monday, amazon unveils its eighth generation fulfilment center that utilizes robotics to speed up delivery times for their customers.

15,000 amazon kiva robots drives eighth generation fulfillment center from designboom on Vimeo.

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