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View Poll Results: What will happen to the unemployed?
No one will work because we will tax the robots 6 16.67%
We will subsidize cybernetic enhancements to allow all to keep up 4 11.11%
The unemployed will slowly die off because they will lose hope 9 25.00%
The unemployed will be killed off by a robot-powered dictator 17 47.22%
Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-26-2017, 05:11 PM
 
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Note this is asking what you think will happen, not what you want to happen.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:14 PM
 
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I think starvation will happen next. If not that, a spike a crime rates. If people can't work, and there will be alot of people displaced by robots, there will be people desperate for money. Can't work, can't eat. Alot of people will get desperate. Crime, violence. If not that, many people who haven't learned how to grow things themselves or fish/hunt might starve.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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There will be a point of great social upheaval when automation is between the stages of displacing too many workers and allowing a society of leisure (people don't have to work). The larger our population is, the worse it will be.

This is just one more reason why we should essentially halt immigration. If we did that, our population in the US will begin to decline, and automation calamity will impact us less.

Additionally, by reducing immigration, our society will have a smaller pollution footprint.

I know, I know. It's racist. It messes up our social "safety net" Ponzi scheme. There are less future Democrat voters. There are less cheap laborers for the chamber of commerce Republicans.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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People will only starve if there is no food. Robotics will produce even more excess food than we have now. And as distribution is the main limit with food these days, that aspect will be easier and faster.

Money!

Our money is fiat and we will eventually have a time where our food is either supplied centrally, or those unemployed will get an allowance.

Maybe we will all get an allowance, and end other forms of welfare.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Most of us with the means will hire these people as servants to do menial tasks (doing laundry/picking weeds) in the yard or around our houses.


Sounds like a win win for everybody.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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3 options.

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3: Robots aren't going to take over the economy. Jobs are created and destroyed all the time.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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Most of us with the means will hire these people as servants to do menial tasks (doing laundry/picking weeds) in the yard or around our houses.


Sounds like a win win for everybody.
Someone will make a lot of money making robots to do laundry and weeding faster, cheaper and with less complaining.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:28 PM
 
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Automation will only apply to jobs that are highly repetitive and that are predictable, like flipping a burger. Until we get a working AI I don't think things will change drastically. You can't get a robot to work at maintenance or fixing equipment. There will be less reason to allow immigration. Why bother with immigrants when you can program a robot? The robot doesn't require a salary, sleep, and will never complain. The policies of some corporation toward immigration will change in the future.
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:28 PM
 
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3: Robots aren't going to take over the economy. Jobs are created and destroyed all the time.
What happened to the horse population after the automobile was invented?
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Old 11-26-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: USA
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What happened to the horse population after the automobile was invented?
We aren't horses. We have intellect, and reason. There will be innovation, and technologies to replace those jobs from automation. Plus, who do you think will install, maintain, and repair the automation? HUMANS.
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