Self-driving cars and AI may leave a ‘third of the population unemployed’
Self-driving cars and AI (Artificial Intelligence) will leave a 'third of the population unemployed' and cause people to slip into a meaningless life of misery, expert warn
Dr Subhash Kak of Oklahoma University made the comments going as far as saying that self-driving cars could make millions of people unemployed as AI takes over.
The worry from many quarters is that the rise of the machines and self-driving cars could leave much of the world’s population out of work.
He also warns that as robots take control of the world, humans will slip into a life of 'meaningless' misery.
The robotic hive mind AI technologies of the future he believes, will leave us open to a dystopian style society. He said
“I think we are nearly there. It has been estimated that one third of the people in any advanced economy are engaged in transportation.
“Their jobs will be gone as soon as self-driving cars are widely adopted.”
The technology for self-driving cars is steadily becoming a reality. For example, this month, General Motors asked the US government for permission to trial cars on the road in 2019 that have no steering wheel or human back-up driver.
Artificial Intelligence and robots are certainly starting to make an impact in all business sectors. Dr Kak went on to say:
“Why would professors like me be needed if the lectures of the best instructor in the world are recorded and made available on the Internet?
“Department stores are closing because they can't compete with Amazon where the orders are filled by robots in the warehouse.
“Previously, the robotics expert claimed that human lives will become miserable and 'meaningless' as automation puts people out of work.
“The beginnings of the dystopia are already there. There will be massive unemployment. People want to be useful and work provides meaning, and so the world will sink into despair.”