""Humans Need Not Apply" is ..."


by Curtis SerVaas Mar 29 2015

"Humans Need Not Apply" is a good youtube video on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU

I'd like to see this discussed industry 1. by industry, 2. by technology/science.

(Technology: Computer vision) could impact (Industries: automated farming, automated transportation, etc).

(Industry: Retail/Fast-Food) could be impacted by (Technologies: Using ipads) resulting in (X number of jobs being replaced). The cost of a worker is Y, the cost of an ipad is Z. Consumer polls should L% of consumers thought ipads at fast-food restaurants were creepy.

Honestly, I don't understand why there are still people at the register at fast-food restaurants (as opposed to i-pads). In some restaurants, this is already the case. Is it just a matter of time? If so, why hasn't it happened yet?


Eliezer Yudkowsky

The key question is not whether particular industries get automated. They will be. But so was weaving and farming (3% agricultural employment in First World countries that export food, vs. 98% agricultural employment in the old days) and that didn't impact long-term unemployment. So the question is not whether particular jobs get automated, but whether employment as a whole will marginally drop as a result of marginally better automation given continuation of other current trends, potentially including incompetent central banks that allow aggregate demand slumps and so on.