Will computers render labour obselete?

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Over the last few decades there has been a growing trend, whereby the amount of labour required to produce something, or provide a service, has greatly reduced as a direct result of computer generated automation. Of course, computers keep getting more and more advanced, so does that mean that labour will continue to become less and less needed? The answer; definitely. Recently, due to computers, we have seen a massive jump in the capabilities of cars to drive themselves. Cars, of which you could previously only get one able to maintain its speed (cruise control), or park by itself, you can now get ones which are able to break in response to traffic, and pedestrians. This is just one example of many, even so, looking at this, how long would it take for an operating system to be designed which is able to render driving obsolete? Google has even been on record stating that autonomous vehicles may well be a reality for ordinary people in 5 years. Even if this is a bit optimistic, the accomplishments which we seem to see more and more quickly arise are sure to make a significant impact on the economy, on our lives, and on the entire social fabric of the modern world.

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