Robots Will Steal Your Job - Is That OK?

Monday, June 11, 2012

 Technological Unemployment
A growing community of thinkers, scientists and academics,see the advancement of technology as a disruptive force which will soon transform our entire socio-economic system, forever. According to them, the displacement of labour by machines and computer intelligence will increase dramatically over the next decades. Frederico Pistono is one such thinker and his upcoming book, Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK will explore the issue.
Y ou are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

That is the argument presented by the young, but knowledgable Federico Pistono, for the phenomenon called technological unemployment. Pistono is author of the book Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy, which explores the impact of technological advances have on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse and live happier.

We mentioned the book and author a few months ago when Pistono was recruiting crowd funding for the project.
"This is one of many unspoken tragedies of the so-called modern culture. The idea that the greatest aspiration a person could have is to work some mechanical and monotonous job, so that they can pay the bills, is an insult to the dignity that every individual has. Each human being, from the moment they are born, is an invaluable masterpiece, capable of greatness beyond what we can conceive today. To even consider the proposition that we should hang on to an economic system that hinders innovation and automa- tion, in order to preserve repetitious and mindless jobs, shows the deep loss of perspective and aptitude of our out-dated institutions."
Robots will steal your job, but that's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy explores the impact of technological advances have on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse and live happier.

Recently, Pistono was a guest on Nikola Danaylov's Singularity 1 on 1 podcast. The discussion covered a wide variety of topics such as: his early fascination with technology and wide spectrum of personal interests; Singularity University and the grand challenges that humanity is facing today; his upcoming book; artificial intelligence and the relationship between robotization and unemployment; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; entrepreneurship, capitalism and intellectual property rights.

Listen to the Podcast here:






or, the video of the interview is available as well:


SOURCE  Singularity Weblog

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