Interview Stephen Hawking / Can we live of robots and AI?


Stephen Hawking: “If robots produce everything we need, the result will depend on how things are distributed.”

“Everyone can enjoy a life of luxury and leisure if the wealth produced by the machines is shared”

Could this be true? Can we live on machines in the future?
Will they work for us?
Can we devote ourselves to the matters that interest us the most, so that we can have a fuller personal life?

We can already see several experiments in this field. Experiments where the best way to distribute the benefits that machines are going to contribute in relation to the unemployment they are going to destroy is studied.

A clear example is Finland, where an experiment will be carried out to 2,000 people for two years, granting a basic income of 560 euros to see if this can be transferred to a larger population.

The reality is that advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are taking place in leaps and bounds. Already in 2020, 5.1 million jobs are expected to be destroyed. Destruction that is expected to increase year after year.

We already see daily news where we observe how machines are increasingly productive and are more in our places of work.

We have recently seen videos of robots in the Amazon logistic centers.
In Japan, news where the company Pizza Hut, will replace a large part of the staff of its stores by robots.
Photographs of the new factory of Volkswagen of sheet metal in Navarre of 32,000 square meters consisting of 266 robots.

Is it an illusion, that we can live on machines?

Stephen Hawking “Everyone can enjoy a life of luxury and leisure if the wealth produced by the machines is shared, or most people can end up being miserably poor if the owners of the machines manage to lobby against redistribution Of wealth”

Will it be time to put more limits on the possible current or future profits of the companies since, as consideration, there is a greater destruction of employment?

The possibility of putting a tax or fee on companies that buy robots is being studied.
There are sectors that are in favor, people like Bill Gates that comment that this fact has to be given because it is real that robots destroy employment. Bill Gates says, of course, that of course this tax does not have to pay the robots themselves since they are not people but the people who own them.
Example of voices against the payment of a tax or fee for robots we find the European Parliament, which has already ruled on this, refusing to create a tax for the owners of the robots.

Stephen Hawking “Until now the trend seems the second option (that owners do not pay taxes) as technology is leading to increasing inequality”

Will it then be the time to put a rate, a tax? Any mechanism that balances the quality of life of people by the destruction of employment caused by robots?
If we do not do it now, will it be too late?

Source video: BBC News


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