The April 2015 issue of Reason magazine has several fascinating articles on the rise of robots in various forms from robotic driverless cars to robotic maids and sex toys. One futurist believes in two or three decades that 40% of current jobs will be taken over by robots.
Japan (of course) is the leader in a new family of robotic sex toys. One manufacturer products robots that promise skin that feels real as well as well as sensors on the robot’s anal, oral, and vaginal areas. Some futurists even foresee child sex robots for pedophiles, even though they already are illegal in Canada.
This country is turning into a service industry. Kids coming out of college are finding jobs when they are lucky doing such tasks as serving as waitresses and waiters, customer support, retail salespeople, etc. Some if not most of these jobs will be filled in the near future by robots that don’t demand a minimum wage and never call in sick.
Even pimps and prostitutes are doomed to longterm unemployment. Robotic sluts simply won’t say no or worry about being arrested. They will be able to wear the skimpiest of dresses without feeling cold and a larger breast size is a mere equipment change. Think of most jobs today and ask yourself which ones will be safe in the future. Doctors? A robotic doctor with built in artificial intelligence might be capable of asking you several questions, studying your body, and then writing a prescription. Professional athlete? Why deal with greedy guys who never grew up when a sports owner can buy specialized robots that never will embarrass him by being caught at two in the morning in the wrong place with the wrong people.
Of course as Americans we will have to get over our preoccupation with labeling anyone or anything different from us as bad; otherwise, robots will have to take up residence in ghettos in the less desirable parts of town and face discrimination. Imagine some customer refusing to do business with a dark hued robotic prostitute or demanding that his robot produce citizenship papers before any lovemaking could take place.
What’s the solution besides insisting your children earn advanced degrees to put them in a position to design and program the robots? One answer is for our country’s leaders to realize that without careful planning we very well could ultimately face an uprising against robots that could prove very bloody. A possible solution longterm is to determine what a livable wage is for being a citizen of this country and then providing it to everyone. People will have free time to develop hobbies and vocations. Imagine having enough money so that someone in their forties could spend their time learning to play the piano well for personal enjoyment. Imagine another Grandma Moses having the time to worry about getting just the right colors on a canvass rather than worrying how she would pay for her medicine and food.
Star Trek offers a glimpse of a future world where money is not important and everyone is well-fed and clothed, a post-capitalist society. In such a world people will be judged in what they do with their free time rather than the work they do or did. Instead of asking someone what he or she did for a living, the question will be more like what does that person do to enjoy life to its fullest.
So, when you start to see more and more different types of robots for sale, don’t see them as competitors but as emancipators that will free us from work. Of course the 1% that run everything will have to go along with providing comfortable stipends for citizens; otherwise, the bloody revolt against robots will include a class revolt against that same 1%.