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message 1: by Caroline (last edited Oct 27, 2015 08:20PM) (new)

Caroline A marvellous review.

I have read several excellent reviews recently about books discussing the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, and watched some very interesting videos too. It's an area that interests me a lot.

Only yesterday in the papers there was an article saying that there is soon going to be a bad shortage of British heavy duty lorry drivers, as many drivers are reaching retirement age, and few young people want to pay the £3,000 it costs to do the relevant training. No mention whatsoever was made in the article about the soon-to-come arrival of driverless cars (& presumably lorries too.) Soon professional drivers will be an extinct species (like cashiers, of which I am one.) Training to be a driver under these circumstance would seem to be madness.

I agreed very much with what you said about not being able to extrapolate from the past. Yes, there have always been Luddites, but I think the level of technology we are being given now is a whole new ball game.

I think a guaranteed minimum income has got to be the way forward in the future.


message 2: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Caroline wrote: "...Soon professional drivers will be an extinct species... Training to be a driver under these circumstance would seem to be madness.
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I suspect legal and political issues combined with human nature will slow the rate at which technology will be utilized to replace workers in some professions. Driverless cars raises some liability issues in case of an accident which will make auto and truck manufacturers slow to adopt. Passenger airplanes can takeoff, fly and land now without a pilot, but I doubt very many passengers would want to be in a plane without a pilot. But then again, if the purchase price is low enough people can show surprising fortitude.

If I were young I think I'll be willing to borrow £3,000 ($4,600) to pay for training to be a heavy duty lorry (truck) driver. But I can't promise to pay for damages in case somebody follows my recommendations and it turns out to be bad advice.


message 3: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Ah, all of that was very interesting Clif - thank you! I was especially interested to read what you had to say about driverless cars and liability issues. Also what you said about our attitudes at the idea of a airplane without a pilot. That is so true. It's a big psychological hurdle.


Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters Thank you for a great informative review Cliff. Excellent


message 5: by Ed (new)

Ed Excellent review until the last paragraph with your silly suggestion about a crank handle for humans! No more constructive activities for humans in a post Robotic world?


message 6: by Clif (new)

Clif Hostetler Ed wrote: "Excellent review until the last paragraph with your silly suggestion about a crank handle for humans! No more constructive activities for humans in a post Robotic world?"

When I wrote that I had momentarily forgotten about reading books, writing reviews, and posting them on Goodreads.com. That can be an activity for humans while the robots do the less interesting work.


message 7: by Ed (new)

Ed OK, now I have something to look forward to in the post robotic world! (LOL)


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