The Hanwha Eagles have brought in a team of robots to occupy a small section of the team’s stadium. Described as “the world’s first cheering robot,” the so-called ‘fanbots’ are designed to connect fans that can’t be at the game.
Each fanbot holds an LED screen which relays messages from fans via the Web or mobile devices. In a nice personal touch, fans can also upload an image of their face onto the fanbots.
Sorry to alarm you even further, Mac, but automation is here to stay.
The comparative advantage of human labor over machines is washing away before our eyes and to illustrate this point, McAfee references the work of Narrative Science, a company out of Northwestern University, which uses algorithms to write stories around simple pieces of data. Forbes now uses this technology to generate the earnings announcements around a company’s stock price, and can even tailor the story to cater to specific audiences. How many journalists could lose their jobs? McAfee thinks it could be more than just a few.
There is no problem with automation, the problem is when they start making choices for us (freedom and all that), or when they start to do jobs that actually matter (lets face it Human doctors make enough mistakes, and they face ruin if they do).
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Every time it shows up in the list of active threads, I'm going to click on it; and every time that happens, I'm going to have to tip JoshBot again for that animation. I think we can all agree that this sort of wealth redistribution would be unreasonably burdensome to me personally and ruinous to RSP as a whole--morally ruinous, if you spend a few minutes considering what JoshBot is likely to do with his ill-gotten gains.