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What Is Going To Happen To Our Society As AI And Robots Take Most Of Our Jobs?

•, By Michael

Eventually we could get to a point where AI and robots can do virtually everything far more efficiently and far more inexpensively than humans can.  So what will happen to the vast majority of the human population when their labor is no longer needed?  Will a way be found to quietly deal with "useless eaters" that are considered to be "just taking up space"?  For years we have been warned that AI and robots would revolutionize the workforce, and now that day has officially arrived.

For example, Amazon has been using various types of simple robots to perform certain tasks for years, and now highly sophisticated humanoid robots are being deployed right alongside normal human workers…

Amazon recently began testing a new robot in its warehouse operations — meet Digit, a humanoid bipedal robot with a turquoise torso and smiley eyes.

Designed by Agility Robotics, which Amazon has invested in as part of its Industrial Innovation Fund, Digit is only the latest of a string of warehouse robots the company has introduced over the last several years. However, most of the other warehouse robots have been cart-shaped or robotic arms, not humanoid like Digit.

Digit costs about $10 to $12 an hour to operate right now, based on its price and lifespan, but the company predicts that cost to drop to $2 to $3 an hour plus overhead software costs as production ramps up, Agility Robotics CEO Damion Shelton told Bloomberg.

How are we supposed to compete with that?

No human worker is going to work for "$2 to $3 an hour".

Plus, robots don't need breaks, they don't get sick, they don't complain and they don't steal from the company.