By Lyra Lu
Imagine a future with robots doing all our work and jobs, so much free time on our hands now that we don’t work, and extra time dedicated to other things. Sounds like heaven, right? Think again. Experts predict in around thirty years, robots will do most of our work. Signs of robot apocalypse are already showing. According to The Telegraph, robots are doing more jobs that people used to do, like taking over the roles of pharmacists, prison guards, factory workers, and more. With more robots taking over jobs, it is resulting in job loss and an increase in poverty for many. What could robots and other forms of artificial intelligence mean for us?
For years, scientists have seen potential in robots, since they could do the slow, tedious jobs that our world offers, they could hold so much more information than humans, and they work alongside scientists as easily replaceable assistants. With all their knowledge and efficiency, they could really propel advancements in science. Although that may sound good, nothing is as it seems and everything has a price.
Almost everyone has thought about our future, maybe envisioning floating items and technology-rich homes where a room is cleaned with just a flick of a switch or a touch of a button. But many others also envision robots far surpassing us and starting to outwit us. When asked about what a future of robots might seem like, a student at CPHS said, “In my opinion, I see robots and artificial intelligence taking over the world. Robots could even send transmitters through the air one day.”
Artificial intelligence may be very helpful, but it just might be our road to extinction!
Sarah Knapton. “Robots will take over most jobs within 30 years, experts warn.” 13 Feb 2016