The new industrial revolution now beginning puts us on the path to a future without markets. This post looks at improbable aspects of this vision, including the robot revolt, and asks if our future will resemble the dystopia of Jupiter Ascending more than Star Trek. It will be our choice.
Summary: Sexbots have hit the a milestone, with a serious think tank report exploring the state of the art and what we can expect to come next. It is fun in a pear-clutching kind of way. Despite the long report, experts refuse to consider their potential impacts. We still cannot begin to see how radically … Continue reading Experts look at the future of sexbots and society, but can’t see it
Summary: Here is a milestone economics paper, showing that the new wave of automation is already a net destroyer of jobs. The next industrial revolution has begun, and the effects will accelerate from here. We have to start thinking about ways to divide the new wealth it produces -- and handle the massive unemployment. "On … Continue reading The new industrial revolution has begun. Research shows more robots = fewer jobs
Summary: Sexbots are coming. Here is an introduction to prototypes of the first mass-market models, which will hit society in ten or twenty years with catastrophic effect. "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." — Attributed to Roy Charles Amara, paraphrased by … Continue reading A look at sexbots, prototypes of a radically different future for society
Summary: The war of the sexes has begun a new chapter, with the development of tech sex (as far beyond today's sex toys as a horse-drawn buggy is to a F-35). It's too disturbing for most mainstream analysts to see, let alone discuss (other than to condemn). Brave readers will read this post and its … Continue reading Our scary future: sexbots are coming, powering the ‘sexodus’