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Guardian - Dr Derek Rowntree - Letters to the editor

At what point in this progress towards robots taking over everyone's job and leaving them without employment or, more crucially, income is someone going to notice that demand is falling off so precipitously for the goods and services that the robots have been producing (because not enough people can afford them any more) that the robots themselves are becoming redundant? And what then?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 26th, 2017 at 05:11:36 PM EST
The end point of this is a retreat from the consumer economy to a tiny, elite-oriented robot economy of bespoke production for the owners, a tiny slave class kept desperate and willing to be servants so that the new owners can still enjoy the feelings of superiority that comes from kicking their inferiors, and everyone else can starve. Or will be shot/gassed/otherwise exterminated by robot enforcers.
by Zwackus on Thu Apr 27th, 2017 at 02:07:06 AM EST
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That is when they discover that the polution left over from when they were profiting from fossil fuels has made the earth uninhabitable and that most young women and men are becoming sterile and getting sick.

At least we can hope.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 27th, 2017 at 03:23:41 AM EST
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This is not a madman's nightmare ... it's been in the works for decades.  And guess what?  Since the biggest problem ... the MAIN problem ... is human overpopulation, mass extermination of humans may be the only method of saving the biosphere as a whole.  But you had been warned ... decades ago.  And now we have the mechanism for the extermination ... a Republican dominated U.S. government and a totally self-centered Emperor. Glad I'm over the hill ... the next 4 years should be very ugly.  Not that you didn't earn it.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Apr 30th, 2017 at 10:00:24 AM EST
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