Here’s another article about how robots will soon replace humans in an array of jobs:
But robots raise an even bigger question than how many jobs are left over for humans. A number of scholars are now arguing that all this automation could make many goods and services so cheap that a full-time jobs could become optional for most people. Baxter [the robot], then, would become a liberator of the human spirit rather than an enemy of the working man.
It strikes me as funny because it’s already the case that full-time jobs have been optional for most people, but not in service of the human spirit, but to organizations already cutting labor costs to the bone and working their existing employees twice as hard. If Baxter does come to pass, a). how will the non-employed, spirit-infused among us earn a living, and b). will that living necessarily be serving Baxter — as designer, technician, programmer — in some capacity or another? Baxters will be driving our cabs, doing laundry, predicting the weather, piloting our planes.
And what does this mean for education? Will, as some people would have it, the liberal arts once again becomes the exclusive province of the wealthy, ruling elite? Will all students be funneled into STEM disciplines whether they show any aptitude, because there will be no other choices?