You’re wondering what the heck a robot is?
Well, that’s what we thought.
But now we’re not so sure anymore.
In a new book, The Future Is Now: An Insider’s Guide to the Technology That’s Changing Our World, former Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and founder of Next Big Futures, Peter Singer, lays out a very different vision of the future.
Singer believes that we have entered a new era of technology disruption, and he calls it the “robot apocalypse.”
Here are some of the key things he says we’re up against.
Technology will take over jobs.
Robots will soon become our primary workers, he writes.
As robots become smarter and more sophisticated, their job becomes increasingly automated.
They will do things that were previously a human’s job and they’ll do them much more cheaply than a human.
In Singer’s view, the robot revolution will be the biggest and most disruptive economic event since the Great Depression.
This will change the way we live, work, and play.
Robots are also making the world less peaceful.
Singer describes a dystopian world where there is an “overall war over the human race” and robots are being used as a “puppet army.”
As they do this, they are “dismantling traditional hierarchies” and are changing the way people relate to one another.
Robots “will be a force for good, but the war will also be a war for our own good.”
We’re in a “post-human” era.
In his book, Singer describes the new era as a post-human one, in which technology will become “the new king of the world.”
Singer believes the robots will become the “next king of work.”
He says we will no longer have jobs to pay the bills, and we will be able to do everything we want without ever having to pay someone else to do it.
This is why Singer is concerned that technology will eventually “pursue and destroy” jobs.
And that will lead to an “industrial depression” in the U.S., the world’s third-largest economy, where there will be an “endless stream of jobs” for robots.
We are living in a golden age of robotics.
Singer sees this as a golden era, one in which robots will be replaced by more sophisticated and powerful machines.
This means that we will soon be able do things with more precision and accuracy, and that we won’t need human hands to do them.
Singer also sees a “golden age of robots,” where robots can do tasks that were once a human task.
Robots can now take care of things like medical diagnostics, or even perform basic housecleaning tasks.
We will be working for robots, not machines.
Singer says that the “great robot revolution” will happen in our own lifetimes, where machines will replace humans at every level of society.
In other words, we will eventually be working as many jobs as we do now, and for robots rather than machines.
The robots will replace human workers in many professions, including doctors, teachers, and other highly skilled professionals.
Robots won’t be able “to think for themselves.”
Singer argues that robots will have to “think for themselves,” and that humans will need to take a backseat.
As a result, robots will need a lot of education and training, which will make them “very vulnerable to social influence, which is why it will be so important that humans do not get ahead.”
Humans will be in charge.
Humans, Singer argues, will be “in charge” of the machines.
He says this will lead us to a “race to the bottom” in which humans will have the greatest economic advantage.
Humans are going to be in the driver’s seat in the robotics revolution.
The future of work will be based not on the expertise of humans but on “a machine that is programmed to do anything a human does, including think.”
Singer’s vision of a posthuman future is far-fetched, of course, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
In fact, we already live in a posthumans future.
We live in one where computers are now replacing human workers and the robots are replacing the human workforce.
It’s time to take control of the robotics we have now and to make sure we’re doing the right things with the robot we have.
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