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Will Our New Robot Overlords Take All The Jobs?

Across a wide variety of jobs and industries, robots are taking the place of humans. Robots, some people argue, are not only cheaper but better at many jobs than a human being.  Whether it be car manufacturing or surgery, a robot is precise and efficient.  Is any job safe?  In a Newsweek column, Daniel Lyons notes with some trepidation that even journalists may get the shaft.  He writes “researchers are already developing algorithms that can gather facts and write a news story. Which means that a few years from now, a robot could be writing this column. And who will read it? Well, there might be a lot of us hanging around with lots of free time on our hands.”

Actually, for robots to produce the kind of pablum and fluff that increasingly dominates America’s declining weekly news magazines would probably not be too tough. Many academic journals read as if the robots are writing them already and a number of prominent newspaper columnists descended into self-parody and endless idea recycling years ago.

What worries me is that while people seem able to churn this stuff out for years, highly intelligent machines faced with this kind of tedium might quickly go insane or revolt — and that’s when the Singularity turns ugly.

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