Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:
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18 Responses to Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

  1. Tolstoievsky says:

    i never answered that question because it leads the discussion in the territory of irrelevance. The bottom line is the enablers of ” clean water, vaccines, housing, entertainment, transportation.” are the same with the ones that enable war and military advances. Our societes are ant-colonies and the sooner we will be made aware of this the sooner we will make the first steps towards a real civilization

  2. ytgv3fc7 says:

    w w w . zerohedge . com/news/deep-fried-black-swan-goes-global-drought-spreads-us-asia-and-now-southern-europe See that? That means you’re fucked. covertress . blogspot . ca/2010/10/future-drought . html See that? That means 100 years from now you’re STILL fucked. It’s beyond hope: the population MUST go down, MUST migrate, we MUST evolve a way to use sea-water efficiently as drinking water & MUST reverse deserts back to FARM land or HUMANITY DIES. FLAT OUT DIES.

  3. ytgv3fc7 says:

    w w w .zerohedge . com/news/2012-11-16/very-few-p­eople-understand-trend this is HOW it could be true. It SHOWS you the land is decreasing that we can grow food from, it’s GONE. We can’t get the water there by ANY means. We keep making MORE babies that can’t be fed. People are NOT throwing out food: they are buying less food if they eat less.

  4. ytgv3fc7 says:

    It’s hard absolute raw fact. You show on the map where the excess food is. You show where the land is that grows that food. I’ll show you it’s being decimated by poor soil quality & by repeated droughts. Every last drop of food & land for food is being used up right now. We have 2 billion people too many. So long as they get their one meal a day or one meal per 2 days they’ll die of starvation slowly, painfully. Your turn will come soon.

  5. EclecticSceptic says:

    No that’s nonsense. The reason people starve is because of the way society is organised, not because we don’t have enough food. There is more than enough food producing capacity on Earth. It’s a matter of using better agricultural practices and making sure the food makes it to everyone. We live on a planet where in some places people have so much food they throw out half of it, while others starve to death. That’s not because ‘we don’t grow enough food’. Bullshit. How could that even be true.

  6. Th3Falsity says:

    ytgv3fc7, actually, at the rate we’re going we should have a colony on the moon by the end of the decade, we will be colonizing mars and have large scale colonies on the moon by 2050, there’s plenty of land for food, and there will also be the eventual possibility of the singularity, which I would love to be a part of, immortality and the abandonment of worldly beliefs and customs in the pursuit of knowledge..

  7. ytgv3fc7 says:

    w w w .zerohedge . com/news/2012-11-16/very-few-people-understand-trend Absolutely without question we have NOT got enough food, not even enough land to GROW enough food, for all the people, that’s why more people starve to death every day and MUST die. We are completely out of shelter space & completely out of food growing land. Used it all.

  8. CrenJay says:

    But if technology takes jobs, people go out of work. They have less money, so buy less stuff, and although there are many goods being produced, there’s nobody to buy them. Then companies go out of business, and there are even fewer jobs. How is this a good thing?

  9. rRobert Smith says:

    so….5:56 at what point do you invent the truck that delivers goods off the spine back? when are there going to be internet contacts?

  10. rRobert Smith says:

    i’m still waiting for the robotic McDonalds…the self driving semi truck and the computer that does 2nd year college math…

  11. Southparkateer2 says:

    I’m just waiting for the day technology is no longer hindered by outdated interests and models. Fuck monotonous jobs, there is nothing dignifying about them. Why not produce in abundance and distribute the cheap to produce goods by everyone. Utopia used to be impossible in the age of scarcity. But now, things are different.

  12. Keeban3 says:

    I knew I should have put my question in the first sentence.

  13. Tolstoievsky says:


  14. Tolstoievsky says:

    “Its not an ad hominem, its an insult.” haha, appreciate the honesty. Now, regarding your question “By paying for them” i tihink here reides all that we needed to know thnakns for participating in our survey.

  15. Keeban3 says:

    I love you too

  16. Keeban3 says:

    By paying for them (like we do with hospitals, and most other infrastructure, etc.). Its not an ad hominem, its an insult.  An ad hominem is an insult as a way of avoiding the question/argument (look to your previous comments for examples). You ‘answered my question’ but I don’t understand your answer. Corporations can take money out of your pocket without trading you for it if they use education? Care to clarify?

  17. Tolstoievsky says:

    btw i actaully love you man

  18. Tolstoievsky says:

    “I asked a question. I realize that you probably didn’t get that far since it wasn’t in the first sentence” ad hominem Regarding your question, the response resides in education, we will educate the youth to understand the importance of governance, to give to cezar what is cezar’s. You may disagree with this, but how are you going to live, in a world without publicly funded infrastructure, hospitals, etc?

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