Humans Need Not Apply

One of the most important videos you will watch this year. It’s not a question if human jobs will be replaced, but what we’re going to do when they are.

I draw the same conclusions that Grey has. Automatons across the board are inevitable.

Not all sectors will be automated at the same rate. For instance, teachers and politicians might not have as much to worry about in the near/distant future, because human contact and trust are very important to people. We might like it if robots provide transportation, but I think it will take more time and experience with them before we would trust them to educate or lead us. Even if they could run our legal system, as Grey has pointed out.

C–3PO once said, “Machines building machines…how perverse.” Don’t watch or think about that movie, but consider the standpoint that statement is coming from. It’s a human mindset that would write such a line. The machines wouldn’t care or notice the ethical dilemma. They are controlled by the people at the top of the food chain (the people with authority and money).

Maybe a few centuries from now, when bots have been a part of the visible and invisible—yet influential—fabric of society for a long time, the human race will probably have discovered ways to strike a balance for man and machine. But in the meantime, we the people responsible for introducing new problems to the world by eliminating our work, are shortsighted and at a huge disadvantage.

*This blog is not written or ever will be written by a machine.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.