Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

As ai accelerates across the workplace and society, where will all the workers go?

We’ve always wrestled with the unintended consequences of technology, but now more than ever the pace of change is accelerating beyond our ability to understand it and control it. The fact about Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that every advancement has an adverse consequence, which is it replaces something we used to do and in so doing pulls us deeper and deeper into a permanent dependency on computers and machines which sets our humanness on a slo-mo devolutionary path.

Robotics applies artificial intelligence (software) to the creation of a physical robot that solves a problem and/or completes a task(s) in the most efficient way possible, all well and good. But for the survivability of our species as we rush to create robots of every conceivable kind and flood the zone with venture capital, we had better put as much thought and investment into what robots can’t and will never do, so we can figure out the new jobs of the future for the millions of workers displaced by ai/robotics.

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford


Top Things ai-Robots Cannot Do (well)
make an entrance with style
trust their gut feel
fold laundry while watching TV
blend in with a crowd
pole dance
give you the look
stand-up comedy
bedside manner
give and/or receive surprises
give and/or receive trust
get in touch with its feelings
spontaneous pick-up lines
lie like a Santos
do lunch
give a shit


Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust by Gary Marcus




Big Questions

The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration, and Discovery at the Dawn of AI by Fei-Fei Li

What are the long-term social implications of AI?

Can Ai be used to efficiently archive and track the growing mountain of classified documents in the National Archives?

The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America’s Top Secrets by Matthew Connelly

Will we treat our robots the way we treat ourselves?

  • Even better? Or worse?
  • Are people treating Alexa like a servant; or even worse, a slave?

Are you ready to give up driving your own car?

Is it feasible to develop a robot tax to fund the social costs of dealing with AI-driven unemployment?

Big Picture

Big Picture / Technology / Information Processing / AI & Robotics

ai is a gigantic black box hovering over our world like a dark cloud, accelerating in size every second until it will eventually swallow us whole.

The road to singularity will be an acceleration of one weird thing after another.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro


Artificial Intelligence

The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman