[FoRK] RPE and understanding company performance

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Jun 18 06:03:20 PDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:26:12PM -0700, Bill Humphries wrote:

> >> Wow, Stephen, so the corporate level could sling all those burger orders and fill all those Amazon boxes? 
> > 
> > Machines could.
> Strangely, they haven't yet. 

The operative word is yet. Long-term, you don't need
people at all.

We've been on that journey for a while now. So far, we lack
a working solution to pay the displaced to be idle. In fact,
many still deny that the problem exist. 
> No doubt that the people working those jobs would be happy 
> to give it up to a robot so they could take other work.

Which other work, though?
> And, if a robot was filling your order at McDonald's, it'd 
> be highly unlikely that they'd spit in your burger after 
> hearing what you said about the value of their labor.

People here are still under the illusion that a machine
can't take their place? Whence the money to pay the
robotic hamburgista, then?

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