re: Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Ridiculous
Some more comments.
To continue from last point. I am not as optimistic about AI as some of you seem to be. I would bet that there is no winner of the Turing Test for at least another 25 years. FOr one reason, Moore's law is likely to slow down. But even if i am wrong. There are lots of jobs machines cant do: police, massage therapists, dentists, CEOs, and even think tank analysts.
Re Laurrane's question. Autonomous vehicles will eventually happen, although slower than many people expect. But most of the impact will not save us time, it will just let us work (or watch movies) while we commute to work. It may put some truck drivers and cab drivers out of work, but not all. Re drug delivery by robots. I hope this happens even more. Hard to say whether the savings will be funneled to lower prices for hospital care or better quality (e.g. redeploying nurses to other functions). My guess is that depends on whether we end up raising the retirement age so that all our money doesnt go to retired people.
Finally, re Anon. We have a system to pay people when they are laid off, by robots or any other reason: unemployment insurance. To be sure, it is not very good, especially in many Southern states. But the principle should be to give displaced workers some temporary financial assistance, with the key point being temporary. if its til they get a job, they wont get a job for a long time. And re the point about low wages overseas hurting US incomes, this is not really true. Our wages are determined by what we produce in the US and how we choose to allocate that production among 300 million or so Americans. Wages are simply a means of allocating production. What matters most is producing more, and that requires productivity and automation.