I Robot – coming soon!

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"In seven years, when 2025 rolls around, I believe we are going to see changes we can't even imagine right now."

This is a bad news story for those who are afraid of the future. However, for those who embrace change, love technology, this is mother's milk. Today in the news was yet another story about the coming of robots and AI to ease our burdens. Not only ease our burdens, but do the mundane jobs which always seem to fall to the bottom. And for those who are fans of the bottom jobs getting $15/hour? Better wake up and smell the coffee.
Next week is the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is when all the new toys get trotted out. LG Electronics out of South Korea wants to be an early leader in robotics. So, they will showcase three of their concept robots at the show to see what people think. Why robotics you may ask, when LG Electronics has captured so many other markets?
In seven years, when 2025 rolls around, I believe we are going to see changes we can't even imagine right now. LG Electronics can see the handwriting on the wall. With 800 million people in the world (about 1/8 of the world's population) having jobs which could be replaced by robot technology, that is a whole lot of cheddar for companies like LG Electronics.
Here is the rub. If LG Electronics can see this change coming, so can many other tech firms in California, New York, Washington state, China, Japan, and India. Get the picture? As we saw in the movie Passengers, the bar tending was done by a robot with an AI component. Far fetched? Maybe - or maybe not.
In my working days, I was assigned to a project when I worked in advanced programs. This project dealt with robotics. Mind you, this was over 25 years ago. DARPA wanted to build a robotic arm which had all the functions of a human arm. The company I work for was responsible for the hand portion. Back then small servo motors and accelerometers could control this piece of machinery to either hold and egg without breaking it, or grasp a 60 lb weight firmly enough without dropping it. It was nothing less than jaw dropping. I can only imagine what that technology is like today.
Are we entering a brave new world? I believe so. In seven years when 2025 rolls around, I believe we are going to see changes we can't even imagine right now. The folks at the bottom who work unskilled positions? We need to have training ready for them to go into jobs which don't even exist right now. If we don't? Then having an unemployment rate of a constant 25% might be the new norm. And that is not good for anyone.