Just had the chance to watch this video in its entirety. I’ve seen arguments for and against this sort of thing, but mostly negative “the robots are stealing our jobs” and “the singularity is coming” type stuff.
I’m personally not phased by it.
What if we didn’t actually have to work to “make money” and live comfortably? What if robots did literally everything for us? Created and maintained/infrastructure? Generated power (for themselves, mostly)? Transported us wherever we wanted to go? Made us food? Diagnosed and treated our illnesses?
It’s obviously way more complicated than this, and not saying this is going to happen any time soon, probably not in my lifetime. Read more about technological utopianism to see future technology is not all about negative/apocalyptic/doomsday type scenarios.
With all that said, we’re not quite there yet. Not even close. For now we’ll just have to deal with self-driving cars probably replacing a good portion taxi drivers and parking lots in the not too distant future. And Roombas.
Not to mention I’m extremely skeptical of the “simulation of creativity” that the narrator seemed to gloss over with a lame example of a robot making some generic-sounding piano music.
Also, I found the constant horse comparisons to be trite, self-deprecating, and insulting. Our value isn’t wholly dependent on rickshaw-style enterprise. We shouldn’t underestimate the power and complexity of our own brains.
Whatever happens, we’ll adapt, and we’ll be fine.