Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs
Dec 24, 2012
a second wave of automation, one that is centered on artificial cognition, cheap sensors, machine learning, and distributed smarts. This deep automation will touch all jobs, from manual labor to knowledge work.
one piece of software by Narrative Science that can write newspaper stories about sports games directly from the games’ stats or generate a synopsis of a company’s stock performance each day from bits of text around the web.
Baxter, a new workbot from Rethink Robotics. Designed by Rodney Brooks, the former MIT professor who invented the Roomba vacuum cleaner
[Brooks] suggests it might be 30 years before robots will cook for us.
Humans can weave cotton cloth with great effort, but automated looms make perfect cloth, by the mile, for a few cents. The only reason to buy handmade cloth today is because you want the imperfections humans introduce.
Much tax preparation has gone to computers, as well as routine x-ray analysis and pretrial evidence-gathering
We don’t have the attention span to inspect every square millimeter of every CAT scan looking for cancer cells.
Before we invented automobiles, air-conditioning, flatscreen video displays, and animated cartoons, no one living in ancient Rome wished they could watch cartoons while riding to Athens in climate-controlled comfort.
Robots create jobs that we did not even know we wanted done.
The one thing humans can do that robots can’t (at least for a long while) is to decide what it is that humans want to do. This is not a trivial trick; our desires are inspired by our previous inventions, making this a circular question.