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Comment Dear Professor Hawking.... (Score 1) 191

... can you please stick to making public statements about things you actually have a clue about? I do not mind you having opinions about things you do not understand, like AI, but as soon as you make public statements about them, a bunch of morons misinterpret them as a statement by an expert and ridiculous stories like this one here are the result.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 883

There is that percentage. However (and that is the whole point), there is no indication that these would be enough to cause problems. There are ample indications to the contrary and that the overall effect would be positive. Just because some people have no grip on their envy is not valid reason to not go the UBI way if its effects are positive.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 883

Indeed. Foxconn does demonstrate where things are going. They tried by squeezing cheap people to the limit (and now have nets on the top of their buildings to reduce the suicides...), but that apparently does not cut it either. Robots will mean a few very highly qualified people and a small number of manual workers assisting those, where before there was a large number of workers. And the lost jobs will never be coming back.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 883

Actually, they routinely were more expensive when cost are calculated fairly. One issue is that you often have to do a lot of quality control in addition. Another is that they often deliver quality so bad that much more expensive people have to work more to fix that.

Example: Coding outsourcing to India. Code quality universally sucks badly, the ones doing it have no clue and projects fail or products created become a permanent problem. Now, the people there are not more stupid than in the western world. But the good ones are either simply not there anymore because they left, or they are not working in coding outsourcing because it pays badly. As a result, you get "coders", that would not be allowed even near a compiler here. Add that it is really hard to create a spec that covers everything the implementation needs to do, and you usually lose money on these deals, often a lot.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 883

The "cheap" workers in other countries did look like a solution for a while, but these days only stupid management that is far behind the times goes for them. They do represent some kind of intermediate step though, but as off-shoring universally does not deliver the quality needed, eventually everybody goes back to automation combined with a small, highly qualified domestic workforce.

Of course, automation cannot (and will probably never be able to) replace all jobs, but a majority of jobs _can_ be replaced at this time or in the near future. Whether it is 80% or 95% does not matter that much. Long-term, people that go through a long, demanding education and/or have special talents and then work jobs that cannot be automated will be a small but critical group. The question is what happens to all others. It is critical for the survival of civilization that at least most of them will share the available wealth and be able to live reasonably well. An UBI is just one way to get there, albeit for the moment the most plausible one.

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