Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots

    "If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed."

    By Dylan Sevett | 9 November 2015
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     Stephen Hawking believes that if machine-produced wealth is not shared, technology will drive "ever-increasing inequality". (Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)
    Stephen Hawking believes that if machine-produced wealth is not shared, technology will drive “ever-increasing inequality”. (Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press)

    According to world famous physicist Stephen Hawking, the rising use of automated machines may mean the end of human rights – not just jobs. But he’s not talking about robots with artificial intelligence taking over the world, he’s talking about the current capitalist political system and its major players.

    On Reddit, Hawkings said that the economic gap between the rich and the poor will continue to grow as more jobs are automated by machines, and the owners of said machines hoard them to create more wealth for themselves.

    Someone asked:

    Have you thought about the possibility of technological unemployment, where we develop automated processes that ultimately cause large unemployment by performing jobs faster and/or cheaper than people can perform them?

    In particular, do you foresee a world where people work less because so much work is automated? Do you think people will always either find work or manufacture more work to be done?

    Hawkings replied:

    If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.

    The insatiable thirst for capitalist accumulation bestowed upon humans by years of lies and terrible economic policy has affected technology in such a way that one of its major goals has become to replace human jobs.

    If we do not take this warning seriously, we may face unfathomable corporate domination. If we let the same people who buy and sell our political system and resources maintain control of automated technology, then we’ll be heading towards a very harsh reality.

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    21 COMMENTS

    1. Hmm . . . so a background in economics is necessary to argue that amazing obscene wealth without giving a reasonable amount back to the society that allowed you to accumulate it is wrong? And then to use the ridiculous analogy that commenting on the ready-to-wear market without experience in that area is a lesson in ignorance like commenting on the dangers of the accumulation of wealth by the few without a background in economics is similarly ignorant. Is this guy serious, or just brain dead?

    2. This is not the whole answer but it is a high level starting point. Human greed is the problem. Will we ever get rid of human greed… at lest I doubt it. Human greed has driven us to evolve to where we are to today and as such we have made many advances some we have embraced and used wisely and others choices we have made have been awful.
      But greed has guided us to create money….that did not exist and even more so today exist even less each and every day. Just take a look at your so called financial worth. If every one sold every thing the paper does not exist to dole it all out to every one. Yes they could print more but that is just it it does not exist.
      So go with this money does not exist…so we do not need it. We need to get our heads right and re think what is best for us. Picture this, the Sun will come up tomorrow. The seasons will change and fruit trees will bear fruit. All with out money.
      So the human component; if the so called intelligent human race could get past the keeping score with money what could we achieve? If we are to evolve and really solve the Human issues we need to move past money. ( The planet will survive what ever we do. It was bits of broken rock before us…it may be broken after us or because of us who knows. One this is sure we will only harm ourselves and other species of life. So it is not about the earth…wrong thought process it is about you. This is one time I hope your greed for life kicks in.) With out money or more directly profits to hold us back what can we do. Well we can do every that we did before, but we can do even more. Energy efficiency will not be hindered by profits. Medical drugs and cures can be released to the masses. The only this stopping this form happening is us and the way we think. I am not the first to know this or bring it forward. Change is fear, fear is greed. People will say all sorts of comments about why this can't happen. And they are right for the reason they can't get their mind past the fear "greed" that they have and others have. If you were to step back and honestly think about what stops you, your neighbor, your town, city, country and global would from doing things it all come to money. We hear that we have the will to do some thing but not the money. Well all the resources are here on earth now and there is over 7 billion of us. Yes, I hear your comment's never the less problems can be solved, the the elephant in the room is the money solve that first and we will have taken the first step to save ourselves.
      This is a scattered comment I know but think on it…really think on it and push through the negative stuff and the more you think on it you will see the truth.
      Red pill…Blue pill choose your path.
      For those of you who get it do your part for those who don't get it…well maybe someday before it's too late you will.

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