Robotics revolution to replace most human workers in three generations


As much as seventy percent of the human race will become obsolete within just three generations. Why? Because robotics technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that highly-capable humanoid robots with advanced vision recognition and motor coordination systems are going to take over most menial labor jobs.

Supporting this conclusion, a new study just released by Oxford scientists concludes that 47% of all jobs are “at risk” of being replaced by automation systems and robots in just one generation (roughly 20 years). But this is just the opening chapter of the robotics revolution that will rapidly make human labor all but obsolete.

In my estimation, over the next three generations (about 75 years), we will see humanoid robots take over nearly all traditional labor roles in society, including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, firefighting, food service and even community policing. Most of the physical work done today by humans will be turned over to humanoid-shaped robots built much the same way we are: two arms, two legs, two eyes and roughly the size and shape of a 5′ 9″ man.

This, in turn, will make virtually all human laborers obsolete. There will be no more need for people to pick crops, paint houses, clean windows, drive ambulances or even fight wars. Humanoid robots will take over every repetitious, dangerous, disgusting or boring task that humans currently tackle, from cleaning toilets and sweeping floors to driving taxis.

A fascinating new book is coming out on this very topic in just a few days. It’s called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat. I’ve pre-ordered the book to make sure I get a copy when it’s released on October 1. Obviously, I haven’t read the book yet, but it sounds like it covers what I’m talking about right here: the end of an entire class of human beings as robots rise up and displace them.

Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the “smart” in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.

In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?


the book is fiction but the facts are real..

“seventy percent of the human race will become obsolete within just three generations”

we are going to be made useless..

AI does control so much of our lives already..will it think for itself and regard us as dispensable?


~ by seeker401 on October 7, 2013.

14 Responses to “Robotics revolution to replace most human workers in three generations”

  1. i read recently that a japanese company has developed a robot that can determine which strawberries are ripe and then pick them and carry them without damaging them.

    when i was a student i spent several weeks one summer working on a farm in germany. i sucked at picking fruit from the orchard so i got assigned one of the worst jobs on the farm, picking strawberries. they are low on the ground and filling a big basket is backbreaking work over the course of a full day.

    i ate some fresh organic strawberries today. usually we eat the ones that we get farm direct, but these were store bought. i thought about the people who picked the strawberries, mostly latino migrants who are truly the poorest working people in california.

    instead of creating a world where this most incredible of inventions – the human being – is brought to the full potential of each individual, it’s a world of enslaving it or, now, pushing it into obsolescence. what’s going to happen to these people when a machine can do their job, 24 hours a day?

    • Great question xxx. And as we sprint into this new world we are only told this is making our lives easier but it’s actually destroying the most basic of all human skills and of which 90% of the world can be involved in..physical labour.

  2. I don’t think that you have properly explored the impact of robot workers in the current labor environment fully and have reached your conclusion prematurely and IMO incorrectly.

    • It is just my opinion at the moment. What is wrong with it? What is incorrect?

      • The demographics, educational system, the cost and ROI on robot workers and so on, I see none of that… only the assertion that robots will replace humans.

        • It won’t be all robots literally. It’s everything you use that’s connected to technology as well. And that technology is deleting jobs from the earth in ways only limited to how laterally you can imagine them at.

          Two examples of industries or jobs affected from hundreds available. Drones and daily newspapers.

        • The educational system is totally reliant on a computer and the computer does the teaching. In business everyone is hooked up to a computer.

      • simple questions with simple answers:

        ROI – when it is most cost effective to use robots to, say, pick strawberries, then they will be employed to do so.

        demographics: human beings, currently employed to pick strawberries will no longer be employed to pick strawberries. they also wont be employed to build or maintain the robots because…

        educational system: most human strawberry pickers have no more than a 4th grade education, if that.

        can you tell me what alternative employment strawberry pickers will get when robots replace them due to their cost effectiveness? will some other industry pop up to employ them? if not, what do you think will happen to them?

  3. Ray Kurzweil knows all the answers 🙂

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