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Will robots replace human workers? | The Economist

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Published on Aug 7, 2017

Demand for industrial robots is increasing, so we asked different people to guess how many jobs are held by robots, not humans.

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Comments • 51

GreekFreakyJoker
Question. Why are people afraid of having robots do this kind of work? I don't think there is a factory that has fired all it's workers and replaced them with robots. Now in the future, if there is going to be a new factory, and it has only robots. Who cares? No jobs were lost and maybe going for the career of a factory worker isn't a great idea. Am I missing something?
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Dru Taylor
This doesn't make sense at all. The definition of robots and automation they are using it way too narrow. If I want to send a letter to someone I'll send an email instead of snail mail. The person who would have previously delivered that letter no longer has to do that job because of a digital robot. It's just one example but the point is that this video is poorly researched in even the most basic sense. Machines have been replacing jobs for all of human history.
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That's worldwide. I wonder what the percentage is in the USA or Western Europe?
ro pro
+The Economist wrong again... robots per se, may not automate education, but there is much research and testing going on using machine learning and self-paced education now.
Lmaluko
This is a bad video very narrow definition, a single robot employee can replace several workes, a better machine can reduce the workforce neede without being a robot. Robots are not the same as automation. When automation hits the just the transport sector millions of jobs will disappear. Thats not to mention when AI starts replacing accountants, lawyers, pretty much any job that is repetitive will also disappear. This is potential crisis we need to prepare for.
TLC
Yes. Is that a problem ? No
bruce ashby
Be honest count a robot for each person it replaced
SPACEMONKEY288
yes this ancient system will crumble and almost all jobs will be automated. we could automate almost every job right now if we wanted to. we dont need humans working anymore. the whole money system will go away and we would fall under a resource based economy. like the Venus project. unless people try to save this system and impliment it into the next (which i hope dosent happen) we dont need leaders, police or any of that stuff anymore if we get rid of this system. there are enough resources to go around for everyone, just not enough money. automation will take over it just depends on how long we stall it for.
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Y Y
These jump cuts every damn second are irritating, distracting, and painful to the eye
lwnaALiraq
Thank you for the video .....
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