Me and Bill Gates

Published June 12, 2018 by Nan Mykel

Isn’t that a jazzy title?

We both are nervous about the age of robots that we already have one foot in.  Gates is quoted as saying, “I don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” (The Hightower Lowdown Vol 19, No. 9).  I say “I am concerned.”

Hightower reports that Forrester Research predicts that by 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all US jobs…The employment of robot cooks in fast food chains could affect 2.3 million in the US alone.  “It’s a capitalist’s paradise, where the workforce doesn’t call in sick or take vacations, can’t file lawsuits, doesn’t organize unions–and is cheap.”

In 2014 Deep Knowledge Ventures, a Hong Kong financial corporation, chose a robot to serve on its board of directors. Citing its superior ability to analyze and predict market trends, their board of directors made it an equal member of the board with a full vote on investments. (hightowerlowdown.org)

At least I didn’t write “Me and Stephen Hawking,” though I could.  He is quoted as warning that robots could spell the end of the human race….taking off on their own and redesigning themselves at an ever-increasing rate.

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