In 30 Years Robots Will Force Half The World Into Unemployment, What Does It All Mean For Humanity?

Tara West

A prominent scientist, Moshe Vardi, says that in just 30 years, robots will take half of the world's current jobs. This means that half of the world's population will be unemployed and will create the "greatest challenge ever" in regards to exactly what humanity will do once robots prove they can do it all. Vardi notes that robots are quickly replacing the common worker and with artificial intelligence increasing, it is only a matter of time before robots take over the role as breadwinner for the family. With humans unneeded for common jobs, what will humanity do with all their free time in a world that doesn't require their blood, sweat and tears?

— OWSweek (@OWSweek) February 15, 2016

"I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: if machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? A typical answer is that if machines will do all our work, we will be free to pursue leisure activities. I do not find this a promising future, as I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing. I believe that work is essential to human well-being."
"Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of "in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. We need to rise to the occasion and meet this challenge."

— Aureliano Marta (@ClickGetit) February 4, 2016

"The pace of progress in artificial intelligence was increasing, even as the same technology was eliminating growing numbers of middle-class 'white collar' jobs and driving up income inequality."

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Others scientists such as Stephen Hawking have expressed grave concern about the future of AI and claim that it could even spell the end of humanity as a whole.

What do you think about the prospect of robots taking over 50 percent of the current jobs on the market? Will humanity just create new jobs and new opportunities for the human race, or will robots spell the end to work as we know it? Are you concerned about the potential increase in income inequality due to artificial intelligence in the workforce? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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