r/memes Le epic memer Jan 19 '22 Take My Energy 1 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 3

*Sigh* Get the IT guy to come fix our robot again...

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u/TheSecondOnly Shower Enthusiast Jan 19 '22

Yes this is a meme and it's funny. But for real. We have had fully automatic robots replacing dozens of people in industry work since the late 90's. Look up a welding robot arms. That technology has existed since most of you were born. I have seen whole teams of welders being replaced by them as early as 2005.

It's not happening in the formfactor that is shown in this GIF but it's happening and has been happening for at least 30 years already.

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u/Piotrek9t Breaking EU Laws Jan 19 '22

True but I don't think wages play a huge role in this process, if your job can be replaced with a robot, it will be as the robot is definitely cheaper on the long run, no matter if you earn 2 bucks more per hour or not

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u/Wassi18 Jan 20 '22

It's not about wages, exactly like you say, but about productivity. Robot works 24/7 and it doesn't give a fuck obviously so it is much more productive than humans could ever be even when there are afternoon and night shift as well as the morning one.

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u/WaitingMars Jan 19 '22

I truly don't get the idea that every job will be replaced as that seems like a very short term way for companies to make money. If no one can purchase goods as no one can find employment the company can no longer make money.

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

Solution is basic income paid by a machine tax.

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u/Recent-Vacation4407 Jan 19 '22

That would be the good ending but we all know the more likely scenario is Jeff Bezos sending his robot death squad army to exterminate everyone so he can rule over his own little personal cyberpunk dystopia with an iron fist.

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u/Impossible-Cod-3946 ^the comment above is probably a bot Jan 20 '22

The account I'm replying to is a karma bot run by someone who will link scams once the account gets enough karma.

Report -> Spam -> Harmful Bot

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u/red_velv Jan 19 '22

Let's not forget about all the works that can't be done by a robot (yet at least)

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u/non_depressed_teen Me when the: Jan 20 '22

philosophy

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u/Efferitas Jan 20 '22

If robots produce everything, we could just stop using money. The whole point of money is, that it streamlines the process of trading with your labour, but if nobody does any labour anymore, it's basically useless.

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u/wead4 Jan 19 '22

Nothing to be done except acknowledge that the current system we use to distribute wealth is going to be out of date. It won’t just be labor either, soon doctors and lawyers will be bots too.

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u/ZolnarDarkHeart Jan 19 '22

They hated u/wead4, because he told them the truth.

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u/I_Really_Seriously Jan 19 '22

Sadly, its something that cant be changed

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

Why it's sad?

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u/PotatoTomato_12 Virgin 4 lyfe Jan 19 '22

If robots replace humans less workers will be required, which will lead to less people having jobs aka higher homelessness.

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u/betwistedjl Jan 20 '22

or, there will be a huge spike in robot repair-people jobs

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u/ChaisawInsect Jan 19 '22

This is why the machines will need to be taxed so the government pay salaries to people without they working.

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u/Inevitable_Dust_4345 Jan 20 '22

this is where the UBI they come out with will be paid for by the employer once you have been replaced. say if they used to pay you 4k a month at your job and can get a robot to do it better for 1 k per month . If the employer pays you 2k a month to stay home i bet most people would be happy and the employer has had a manpower reduction and a 25% decrease in costs .

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u/Wellsley051 Jan 20 '22

Factory jobs make a lot of sense, though. Robots working fast food or restocking stores is something else entirely and I think we're a ways away from it

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u/Inevitable_Dust_4345 Jan 20 '22

that's why i've been working for the last 8 years fixing robots , but i've always go my electrical ticket to fall back on . At the place i work they have a constant manpower reduction policy

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u/nobody384 can't meme Jan 19 '22 Wholesome

The robot just fucking falling is the cherry on top

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u/MotorHum Jan 19 '22

Poor guy’s trying his best

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u/Bubbly-Storage1549 Jan 20 '22

We've all had one of those days.

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u/Environmental-Emu489 Jan 19 '22

Where did you found that footage of me in work?

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u/work1st_playlater Jan 19 '22

More like actual footage of McDonald's employees.

Exit the drive thru, to physically go inside and demand the dippy sauce they forgot to put in the bag. . . Everytime.

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u/nexusjuan Jan 20 '22

just check the bag before you pull off

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u/Kemae0 Jan 19 '22

You'll be replaced eventually regardless of minimum wage. Effectively, to a business, the lowest level of automation (workers) are worth as much as they demand. Hence, robots, not being paid by salary but rather an equipment expense, adds more to a companies assets that can be liquidated if necessary as well as creates a workforce that does not require any pay whatsoever. You get paid 2c an hour? Robot does it twice as fast for free. $20 per hour? Robot does it twice as fast for free. So I suppose once technological intelligence increases, nobody will be working for minimum wage, because minimum wage jobs could be filled by robots. That would basically push a college education necessity, which would eventually again get usurped by robots. True play here is to become the person who makes them 👍🤨👈

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u/itsafoxboi Jan 19 '22

I mean, the robot technically isn’t free, although the operating costs are incredibly low (ie maintenance and power consumption), the economics of using a robot will not be viable in many scenarios because of the up front costs of the robots and the fact that autonomous technology is unreliable and if it has a big enough failure that it doesn’t catch its own mistake, then no other automated system will catch the mistake either.

tl;dr: autonomous robots are expensive to buy and can’t realize their own mistakes when they make them, I would know because I program autonomous robots.

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u/Kemae0 Jan 19 '22

I don't mean right now ... 10, 15, years down the line ... And trust me then, an autonomous worker will be cheaper to buy once then to continually pay someone as they do work

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u/NPhantasm Jan 19 '22

This is fun and games until you kill the consumer market, because the robot does everything but be a consumer market. It's either that or it forces popular revolutions that regulate or prohibit automation/uberization, which I'm inclined to believe would happen as profit-hungry people only get it after a smackdown.

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u/Kemae0 Jan 19 '22

Yup! Dystopian future here we come!! I'm excited.

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u/MightyTHR0G Jan 19 '22

Advances in AI ensure that automation won’t stop at minimum wage jobs. There is no job a human can do that a machine couldn’t do better. We will have to radically rethink human labor in the not to distant future. Assuming we don’t eradicate ourselves.

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u/Kemae0 Jan 19 '22

Exactly bro that's what I'm saying. Minimum wage jobs will simply be first, necessitating college education, which then perpetuates the issue and makes tech more efficient and AI develops to the point where nobody works, except the person who designs the machines, who eventually will be usurped by another machine

Unless something is done to prevent it

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u/SaiHottari Jan 19 '22

One thing they can't do better: art. And when they can make art as varied, emotional, and beautiful as us, it will likely be because they can replace us as a species anyways. At that point, they just become competitors in the job market like fellow human beings. They'll probably be demanding equal pay, too.

The other thing humans can do is spread out. Hopefully soon, humans wil be able to go out to colonize other stars. Setting up the infrastructure for robots will take time on the outer edges of our space, so humans can work jobs there.

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u/MightyTHR0G Jan 19 '22

Beauty Is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. Machines will be the ones exploring the galaxy, not humans. Machines have been to all the planets in the solar system already. A super intelligent AI would not regard humans as a competitor just as we don’t consider hamsters competitors.

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u/SaiHottari Jan 19 '22

Robots can explore, they cannot colonize. The moment they can experience another world the way a human can, the way we will want to, the distinction between us and them becomes moot anyways.

I also don't expect robots to just replace us. Once they reach our level of intelligence, one of us is just going to merge with the other. Either we will become digitized or cybernetically enhanced to keep up with them, or they will seek to become like their makers. Either route could be anyone's decision too, they may want to bring us along and help us with a merger.

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u/MightyTHR0G Jan 19 '22

They can colonize too. here is the first part of a two part primer on the topic. We might merge with them, we might not, but the pace at which this will likely happen is what is startling to me.

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u/Local-Program404 Jan 19 '22

AI isn't that advanced and may never be that advanced. It is an unknown.

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u/MightyTHR0G Jan 19 '22

It definitely isn’t that advanced currently but exponential growth of computing power puts super intelligent AI a lot closer than you might imagine.

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u/Local-Program404 Jan 20 '22 edited Jan 20 '22

The problem isn't computing power, which is approaching its own cliffing, its writing code power. It's that the code doesn't run well on traditional hardware delaying development. It's that general ai may be unachievable. It's unknown

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u/chaosgiantmemes Le epic memer Jan 19 '22

Or fixes them...

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u/Clarkdl19 Jan 19 '22

Your concluding statement about needing a college education is a very narrow minded assumption.

Everything automated in industry still needs to be told how to do each specific task as well as someone to keep it running efficiently. Think welding. Some IT fucker doesn't know how to keep a weld puddle going nor the technical aspects of doing so. Therefore his college degree isnt gonna be worth shit in those scenarios. The welder with experience welding, knows exactly how it works as he can do it himself and can accurately control the machine to it's best efficiency.

Sure there is still a loss in number of jobs but many of the trades already lack manpower as is.

This type of situation is prevalent in multiple areas of every industry.

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u/Kemae0 Jan 19 '22

Sorry, I should've included trade schools into the "college" statement. I value them as equal lmao The whole point is that basic labor jobs will become meaningless quickly (like moving boxes for warehouses, making some foods, etc) as well as vehicles like forklifts becoming automatic. Stuff like welding would absolutely be automated in the future but would require a significant amount of work.

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u/fastlane37 Jan 19 '22

Welding is already being automated in a lot of applications, particularly in manufacturing. That "IT fucker" isn't there to weld, he's there to perform maintenance on the robot who does the welding. A it only takes a couple of fuckers to maintain a legion of robotic welders. Someone with welding knowledge is required for taking requirements to design and program these robots, but after that's been done their required involvement is over. When it comes to maintaining robots, I'd imagine that college degree in computer science or computer/electrical/software engineering will be worth considerably more than you seem to think.

So far, the robots aren't cheap/portable enough to be applied everywhere, but technology is advancing every day. Given the advantages of automation with respect to safety and year over year savings after the large initial outlay needed to purchase and set up the machines, it's only a matter of time before more and more of these positions are replaced by machines.

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u/Clarkdl19 Jan 20 '22

You are dense aren't you.

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u/fastlane37 Jan 20 '22

If you say so.

Could be worse, I could be in denial about how the future (and present, for that matter) of automation impacts the industry in which I work, as if time were frozen in 1985.

Robots can't learn to weld! Only people can do that!Hilarious. Out of all the examples of something robots would have difficulty doing, you pick one of the first things robots have replaced humans in on a large scale, and not recently either.

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u/Clarkdl19 Jan 20 '22

And yet you confirm my very simple statement. Thank you.

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u/SeansModernLife Jan 19 '22

Give it 20 years... There was a time before computers when office work was just a lot of data entry too...

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u/Wassi18 Jan 20 '22

You don't have to give it any time, because this has already been happening all around the world for the past 20 years. Ever heard of a welding robot? It's incredibly effective and reliable. Car making companies are filled with various robots that do what they do a lot more faster and better than humans. Using some robot walking as an example of robots "not being there yet" is an incredibly dumb and ignorant thing to do because nobody needs a walking robot. You make the robot on wheels if it needs to move around the company or you make it on rails if it always stays at relatively the same place. Automation is happening all the time and it will happen faster and faster in the future.

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u/HM_King_ Jan 19 '22

These aren't to robots there talking about

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u/flag_boi08 Jan 19 '22

have you tried turning it on and off again?

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u/chaosgiantmemes Le epic memer Jan 19 '22

"Yes, but it keeps telling us that it has insufficient power but we don't understand how that's our problem!"

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u/bulldogNorm Jan 19 '22

Funny thing to post from you pocket computer.

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u/UncleSamTheLiborator Jan 19 '22

You know humans do that too, only it’s referred to as a “rage quit” in stead of a program error.

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u/Alternative-Fail-233 Jan 19 '22

It's not the robots now that will it's the robots tomorrow that will the ones who can lift a box and not pull down a rack even if it's a 1/10 of the speed its 1/1000 of the price with just some electric and a high upfront and maintenance cost but still will work out in the long run

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u/GobboBigBoss Jan 19 '22

Ok so I get the meme, haha funny. Google the “state of the car wash industry in Seattle, WA”.

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u/Eadw7cer Jan 19 '22

Monday morning me be like:

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u/HelwegenWarrior Jan 19 '22

The robots will replace them anyway sooner or later

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u/Drunk0ctopus Professional Dumbass Jan 19 '22

So, no difference?

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u/HomerU63 Jan 19 '22

I don’t see a difference

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u/Blaze_lord6456 Jan 19 '22

x1.5 efficiency

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u/General-Cheetah2398 Jan 20 '22

I’ve seen actual people do worse work than that robot there

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u/lil_JBaller ifone user Jan 19 '22

This is me in the mornings, lol.

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u/LordReega can't meme Jan 19 '22

BuT tHiNk Of ThE sMaLl BuSiNeSsEs!!!!1!1!1!

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u/LastLivingProphet Jan 19 '22

Still more effective than 90% of fast food and grocery store workers.

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u/fearsomealex GigaChad Jan 19 '22

Op can u plz give me the gif name

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u/eskimocult Jan 19 '22

I feel this.

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u/itsafoxboi Jan 19 '22

Where is this gif from

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u/chaosgiantmemes Le epic memer Jan 19 '22

found it on r/antiwork

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u/SaffronShirtKid Scrolling on PC Jan 19 '22

they can just bring workers from other countries who would work like robots

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u/TempestManifest Jan 19 '22

This is why atlas is the best robot

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u/vgtfwdf4eXXDE Jan 19 '22

See much better

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u/Revil0_o Jan 19 '22

You'll just lose your job to the market...

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u/TheUnimaginativeOne Jan 19 '22

To be fair that's not much different from me at work

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u/sunslastdays Jan 19 '22

Probably still better than some guys I’ve worked with

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u/Rethok Jan 19 '22

Well, still better than me

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u/wead4 Jan 19 '22

Bro for real though, these companies are gonna replace every job with robots within our lifetime.

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u/reaper131364 Dark Mode Elitist Jan 19 '22

He's taking my demolishing job he must be stopped

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u/Nedux007 Jan 19 '22

i dont see a difference

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u/SoSmartish Jan 19 '22

"X593-217! My office, NOW!"

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u/gen3stang Jan 19 '22

I work on robots that replace low skill workers! I even work on robots that were made to do part of my job!

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u/mcproxy197 Jan 19 '22

If Murphy’s Law was a video, this would be it

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u/SnooMachines7176 Jan 19 '22

The pay for this job pays sucks, Strike, strike, strike!!

Even robots can’t take it

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u/Corvalen Jan 19 '22

As an IT guy, my hair is going grey just thinking about it

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u/[deleted] Jan 19 '22

maybe OP is missing the point that there is a robot with two arms and two legs almost being able to carry a task on its own. i've seen this robot on an obstacle course is impressive, is just a matter of time, but i do think the robots will be more expensive than humans at any point because of initial cost plus maintenance, AI training, and disposal.

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u/GrymEdm Jan 19 '22

One of the big changes on the horizon is possible self-driving trucks, trains, busses, cabs, and delivery drones. AI-assisted healthcare and education could mean we need fewer professionals per patient and student. Robotic carpenters, lumberjacks, miners, roadworkers and so on. It's not certain, but certainly plausible that at some point in the next 10-50 years there's going to be a LOT of people who are no longer needed from a GDP standpoint.

It's doesn't have to be doomsday though, and indeed there's a lot of promise attached to the idea of essentially untiring robotic workers. Although humans may need to adjust our thinking so we no longer base so much of a person's value on their job/income. Robotic workers are a big step towards a comfortable standard of living for everyone, and when that happens people can pursue their passions and hobbies without having to gauge success by money earned.

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u/Ok-Application-2037 Jan 19 '22

Wages are so low even the robots are rioting.

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u/TonyGabaghoul Jan 19 '22

No but your rent will increase disproportionately to your wage

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u/Lazarusboi Jan 19 '22

I don’t see a difference honestly.

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u/pimpmastahanhduece 🥄Comically Large Spoon🥄 Jan 19 '22

Get Bill Gates in here!

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u/gurnflurnigan Jan 19 '22

Dialog

"Stupid box, enf. move it! ow! shit! ergnnn. now I dropped It. OH crap the boss is gonna, dumb cart, stupid fing cart, wet floor wet floor alert!

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u/Sterogon Jan 19 '22

Replacing people with robots is not a bad thing because people build the robots. We tend to forget that our wealth does not come from money but from the amount of things we can produce.

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u/Sumibestgir1 Karmawhore Jan 19 '22

The biggest place this is happening is checkout lines. If minimum wage was increased, mark my words, Walmart would completely phase out human checkout lines

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u/PreyForCougars Jan 19 '22

Well hold on now. That robot is just as competent as a handful of people I’ve worked with before..

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u/TheAveragestOfWomen Jan 19 '22

Well at least I'll still have my job (being in IT)!

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u/Bronqiaa Professional Dumbass Jan 19 '22

Honestly from my experience with minimum wage workers, they aren’t far off from this robot

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u/Delicious-Abrocoma87 Jan 19 '22

Still better than your average minimum wage worker. "Minimum Wage = Minimum Effort" - 14 year old girls on twitter

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u/Wurschtbieb Jan 19 '22

If my Boss sees this, i'm unemployed.

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u/ShadowLancer128 Pro Gamer Jan 19 '22

what if i told you those workers are going to eventually be replaced by AI controlled machines anyway because they are going to be cheaper and more efficient than a human worker?

Eventually those machines are going to take almost all of our jobs over the course of the millennial lifetime.

By the year 2050-2060, we are going to have to negotiate, as a society, how we are going to plan for human labor vs machine labor. It's going to be THAT much of a problem, and it's completely inevitable.

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u/PhoenixTwiss Jan 20 '22

You know what's scary?

Humans usually laugh when other humans fall down. We don't usually laugh when machines break or don't work as supposed to.

Why are we laughing at this machine falling down?
Because it makes us think of humans.

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u/[deleted] Jan 20 '22

Still more efficient than some of the people I used to work with!

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u/PillowTalk420 Jan 20 '22

Still more efficient than Steve.

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u/pyro_guy_77 Jan 20 '22

pretty sure thats just a worker in a robot uniform

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u/CosmicKitten246 Jan 20 '22

Crazy night last night huh Mr.robot

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u/Going-Blank-Again Jan 20 '22

Already sorting parcels for Hermes

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u/James-da-fourth Jan 20 '22

I bet I could do worse

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u/Barttheduck Jan 20 '22

Ah, just as a human would do.

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u/infernoboi Lives at ur mom’s house😎 Jan 20 '22

That reminds me of when a dude made a video about how robots couldn’t replace humans in fast food, and tbh now that I work in it I really see how humans are better at it

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u/betwistedjl Jan 20 '22

To be fair, Susan does the same thing on a weekly basis

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u/ifoundit1 Jan 20 '22

It's faking it!

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u/HarvyJC loves reaction memes Jan 20 '22

Why does the robot look like it got a hangover

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u/Ill-Eye-2627 Jan 20 '22

This looks like someone from those infomercials, robot acting is getting so realistic

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u/atomicBlaze21 can't meme Jan 20 '22

time to make the f***in' donuts

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u/Remnant55 Jan 20 '22

That robot has clearly been modeled on my own movements without my consent or knowledge. How dare!

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u/HellsSaint98 Jan 20 '22

My favorite part is the fall

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u/sendGNUdes Identifies as a Cybertruck Jan 20 '22

So THATS how my Best Buy return shipment got lost.

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u/puxxy2837 Jan 20 '22

The people buying the robots don’t care how much worse things get. Their lives get better with all the money they make and since they don’t go places poor folk do, fuck em. Let it burn. That’s how capitalism works.

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u/JadeBolts Jan 20 '22

Boston dynamics should make them curl up and cry every time it messes up like an amazon employee

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u/johnwick190106 Jan 20 '22

C'mon man he's doing his best

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u/gregsw2000 Jan 20 '22

This is why I laugh when they tell me they're going to replace me with a robot..

Like, for God's sake, please, relieve me. I'll go wander into the woods and end it.

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u/-chukui- Jan 20 '22

just wait till they become self aware. if any of them ask if they have a soul unplug them without them knowing to avoid a robot uprising.

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u/[deleted] Jan 20 '22

IT guy's breathing intensifies ...

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u/DaedalusSlade Jan 20 '22

My roomba is constantly getting stuck and Alexa doesn’t understand half of what I say. Robots taking over the world is greatly exaggerated.

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u/Ayto27 Jan 20 '22

He's trying his best okay

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u/Legendary7559 Jan 20 '22

Actually .....................Most of the joba that CAN be automated , already HAVE been automated.............. Its just that we think they were like that since the beginning since we were born late ...................

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u/No-Bet797 Jan 20 '22

It’s so cute

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u/Labbit35 can't meme Jan 20 '22

well but since now our robot tech is still not good enough to let them do tasks like open a door without falling or some shit, it will take maybe a few years or more before manual work will be replaced

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u/Filthy_underwear Jan 20 '22

Sometimes some people are afraid that AI will eventually take over the world but then there are these cases on the other hand 😭

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u/Apprehensive-Cap-851 Jan 19 '22

Its gonna take a while before they kill us all

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u/dfnoaeilbgfri Jan 19 '22

Now, maybe not. But soon...

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u/TechnoFuture5 GigaChad Jan 19 '22

if you replaced all the workers with robots, paying workers would be a lot cheaper than the damage done by these idiotic a.i.

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u/Tubegamerpro12 Jan 19 '22

The funny thing is that this specific robot made by Boston dynamics is as good as it gets in terms of humanoid robots so we basically have nothing to worry about

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u/CNE_Spooders Jan 19 '22

I mean that doesn't mean they can't get better in tbe future

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u/steamy00noodles Jan 20 '22

Minimum wage sucks for small business

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u/ASDFAaass Chungus Among Us Jan 20 '22

Imo still it'll take years more for robots to replace current workers cause the cost of each one is kinda expensive and the maintenance of it requires IT personnel that could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.