How Long Until a Robot Takes Your Job?

In the amazing cartoon space year 2062, animated patriarch George Jetson earned a living by pushing a single button all day for the Spacely Space Sprockets Corporation. This is actually quite a strange detail when you consider how in this future world, intelligent robots handled all sorts of complicated tasks. So, why didn’t Mr. Spacely (George’s grumpy and frugal boss) just replace George with a salary-free robot? While Hanna and/or Barbera failed to fully flesh out their vision of futuristic cartoon life, they unwittingly raise an interesting question: As our robot friends continue to evolve and take on new tasks, what is to come of human workers? The answer may depress you. According to Martin Ford, author of the absolutely frightening new non-fiction book Rise of the Robots, the obsoleting of large…


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