Not to mention robot fish. So when is this robot apocalypse supposed to happen? Bill Gates estimates it's 20 years, some commenters think it's earlier than that. I think it's freaking scary!
The moment I read the article, I had to go around the web to find out if people were as concerned as I was. People were talking about the possible future like Star Trek or Elysium, about the super rich and the depressingly poor. There was talk of living wages and working on our talents and skills and using that as our contribution to society. Out of all the theories, the mind sets, and the reasoning, my favorite idea so far is the idea of living in a Star Trek world. I often daydreamed, from when I was a kid until now, of living in this weird Star Trek Utopian society. A world where you can just board a star ship and travel the universe, discovering new life and new civilizations, and boldly go all sorts of places. Sure you have to fear for your life when you encounter the Borg, but then you have replicators that can create your food, and holodecks that can let you live out any and every fantasy. Disease isn't really a thing, because we have medicine so advanced, that you can recover in TV time (in like, a couple of hours instead of days). Humans seemed happy, and thin, and educated. My only problem would be the unitards.
If our future looks like what Gene Roddenberry envisioned, then I'm all for it. But the more people I talk to about this, the more they emphasize that we're a selfish, greedy people by nature and we'll all probably end up in an Elysium scenario. The wealthy and privileged business owners will live in their own paradise and the average Joe, who still has to do the manual labor that robots can't do, stay on the devastated part of Earth. When it comes to the future, the majority of people I've spoken with, are not optimists. Maybe they're realists, but I'd like to think that in the future, we'll all be happy, peaceful and put together people, no matter our background or socioeconomic status.
Will the dawn of the robot revolution make us a lazier society, more interested in reality TV than bettering ourselves? Will our new robot overlords improve our lives in a way to where we can stop working because we have to work and actually do things that we love and still contribute to society? Will anything change at all? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Only time will tell. One thing's for sure. I don't think enough people care about or know what's going on in our possible AI and robotic filled future. In general, I think we're kind of cool just sticking to our old ways of thinking, or being ignorant, or worse, being apathetic. We like thinking nothing will change, and life will always be this way.