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What will happen when there are no jobs at all, for anyone?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by topo morto, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    We're going through a period where more and more jobs are made redundant by robots and computers.

    Eventually, the only job will be making robots (and programming the computers that drive them).

    After that, the robots will start making robots,

    And then there will be no jobs at all.

    What will happen then?

    Will we need no money to buy anything, because robots will feed and clothe us?

    Who will decide how many robots each person has? The government?

    Will the government be controlled by robots too?

    Would be grateful for any insight from anyone who has thought this all through.

  2. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    You'll have more free time, which is evident you already have too much of.
  3. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Go into robot repair?
  4. how medium pepperoni are you?
  5. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Maybe that's why the aliens put us here in the first place: robot builders. We're just a cocoon for our eventual butterfly robot overlords.
  6. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
  7. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

  8. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO

    "The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots."
  9. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Finally get to sleep in
  10. socknroll1


    Jun 20, 2011
  11. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Next stage of human evolution; we figure out how to put our consciousness into a robot's digital mind. If you think power is a problem now, just wait!
  12. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Im gonna run a lemonade stand in the front yard.

    Robots make terrible lemonade.
  13. In Tyler Cowen's new book Average is Over, he argues that in the no-too-distant future there will be two classes of people: those who can design and work with intelligent machines, and those whose jobs will be replaced by machines. He argues that the former group will be wealthy, and the latter group won't, but they will still mostly be pretty happy because they'll have lots of leisure time and access to cheap products and entertainment.

    I don't know if he's right, but he has certainly given it some serious thought.
  14. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    "Will start"?


    Well for starters we will need armies of lawyers :)
  15. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    West World
  16. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    But can a robot truly know how to love? This is the one bastion humanity will still have

  17. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Actually, I think that the premise of the Matrix, specifically the first two episodes of the Animatrix, are more relevant to this discussion than The Terminator.


  18. I haven't thought about this too much, but I'd say the movie "Wall-E" is pointing in the right direction.
  19. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    I was thinking more of when the robots start building robots.

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