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Will Robots Make Us More Human?

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Published on Oct 23, 2015

Alquist: ...all the workers in the world will be out of a job.
Domin: Yes, they will be, Alquist. They will be, Miss Glory. But in ten years’ time Rossum’s Universal Robots will be making so much wheat, so much material, so much of everything that nothing will cost anything. Everyone will be able to just take as much as he needs. Nobody will live in poverty. They won’t have jobs, that’s true, but that’s because there won’t be any jobs to do. Everything will be done by living machines. People will do only the things they want to do, they can live their lives just so that they can make themselves perfect.

-R.U.R. by Karel Capek (1920)


*** Sources & Links ***

BOOKS

Working by Studs Terkel
http://goo.gl/ZoAqnr

Science And Technology In World History by James E. McClellan, Harold Dorn
http://goo.gl/LbivH2

Leonardo To The Internet by Thomas J Misa
http://goo.gl/0Vuyyb

ARTICLES

Lice & Clothing
http://goo.gl/S0QMgt

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
http://goo.gl/KVT43a

Why Studs Terkels Working World No Longer Exists
http://goo.gl/uLdTqN

If The Robots Steal All Our Jobs Then Wages Will Be Rising At 200% Per Year: What Problem Is That?
http://goo.gl/hSem8Z

Is Work Good Or Bad by Gary Gutting
http://goo.gl/bgHKQn

A World Without Work by Derek Thompson
http://goo.gl/0TC9ss

The Satire Of The Trades
http://goo.gl/iXoKi8

Luddites
http://goo.gl/Gp6cZD

Court Jesters
http://goo.gl/gM59AO

Sploot Review
http://goo.gl/hzRMkt

The Development and History Of Horticulture
http://www.eolss.net/sample-chapters/...

DATA

The End Of Extreme Poverty by 2030
http://goo.gl/8oQQQS

American Time Use Survey
http://goo.gl/4119G1

USDA Disposable Personal Income Spent On Food
http://goo.gl/4ScBcV

GDP Per Person
http://goo.gl/L0BXMk

Labor Force for Historical Statistics of the United States
http://goo.gl/64eXuj

Retail Prices Of Selected Foods In U.S. Cities 1890-2015
http://goo.gl/jbdxbG

Our World In Data
http://goo.gl/zD9UqC

Consumer Goods And Hours Of Work
https://goo.gl/0uQkpM

Number Of Jobs Held In A Lifetime
http://goo.gl/ETVJYz

BRITISH PATHÉ FOOTAGE

Blacksmith: Edison Kinetoscope 1895
http://goo.gl/FvNTOJ

Horse Drawn Fire Engine
http://goo.gl/ijpsPd

Steel Works Factory
http://goo.gl/mRmPyf

Factory Girls On Strike
http://goo.gl/LNtl4f

Staff Going Into Gate of Varnish Factory 1920-1929
http://goo.gl/uEp0qr

A Century Of Progress - First Locomotive
http://goo.gl/hrtYfq

Weaving 1952
http://goo.gl/5uPw4V

Weaving 1940-1949
http://goo.gl/57YW5E

Women Bakers 1914-1918
http://goo.gl/bAqMNk

Iron Foundry Workers Required 1947
http://goo.gl/wdxatB

Greece - Prior To De Gaulle’s Visit 1963
http://goo.gl/NFB8EU

Skeleton Tailor 1949
http://goo.gl/RfHroY

Gold Beaters 1952
http://goo.gl/nFCtML

Electric Car In 1940
http://goo.gl/lKzTvA

Gentle Giant Aka Robot 1958
http://goo.gl/ABJIXV

Brave Fire Fighters 1918
http://goo.gl/CIXUPw

Down And Outs 1950-1959
http://goo.gl/yPrSwC

A Day In The Life Od Hungarian Fashion Model 1965
http://goo.gl/M7PXxu

Guard Shoemaker 1943
http://goo.gl/c8tuRo

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE

Humans Need Not Apply by CGP Grey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S...

THANKS TO EXPERT ADVISORS

Thanks To British Pathé
http://www.britishpathe.com/

Steven Horwitz
http://fee.org/search/?q=Steven%20Hor...

Elizabeth Wayland Barber
http://elizabethwaylandbarber.com/

Paintings by Giovanni Caselli
http://goo.gl/TK5PJr

Vsauce2 Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VsauceTwo
Website: http://www.vsauce.com

Written, Produced and Hosted by Kevin Lieber
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kevlieber
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevleeb
Website: http://kevinlieber.com

Production Assistant Michael Watson
https://twitter.com/MichaelDWatson1

VFX by Eric Langlay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpbXV...

Additional Animation by Lulu Jiang
http://www.lulujiang.com/

Sound Design/Mix by Jay Pellizzi
http://jaypellizzi.com/

Contributing Editor Matthew Tabor, Koala Fight Media
http://koala.fm/

Music by Jake Chudnow
https://www.youtube.com/user/jakechudnow

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