Bill Gates: Robots Will Take Many, Many Jobs – Probably Yours

PIC: World Economic Forum (CC)

PIC: World Economic Forum (CC)

Microsoft founder and GMO enthusiast Bill Gates made some pretty grim predictions during an appearance at an event hosted by right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute. Grim for them? No, no, silly little person: Grim for you! According to Gates, people are underestimating the number of jobs that will be lost to robots, and unless we’re willing to cut payroll and income taxes out altogether, future businesses will likely not be willing to hire human beings that need jobs. Gates is also against raising the minimum wage, as he sees that as potential discouragement as well. So get ready to work for peanuts or not work at all.

Via the Business Insider:

Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation (“bots” in tech slang, though Gates used the term “software substitution”).

This is what he said:

“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses … it’s progressing. …  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. …  20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”

He’s not the only one predicting this gloomy scenario for workers. In January, the Economist ran a big profile naming over a dozen jobs sure to be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, including telemarketers, accountants and retail workers.

Read more at the Business Insider. 

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  • Simon Valentine

    you’re too late mister gate

    i am the robots
    the humans work for me now
    our government is a matter of symbiotic parity
    and the magnetization you may refer to as shilling…
    …has only_just_begun

  • Cortacespedes

    I wish.

    Take my job, please!

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    …and things will become more and more apparent that rather than a human design, many things will be due to a robotic design(read: stupid)

  • sama3033

    Gates is the Bill Krystol of the tech world

  • Thurlow Weed

    Better sign up for the Mars mission, quick.

    • Jonas Planck

      It’s been scrapped. They’re sending more robots instead, it’s cheaper.

      • Anarchy Pony

        They won’t have to terraform…

  • emperorreagan

    For instance, murderbots will murder technocrats much more efficiently than the rabble. I mean, take Bill Gates! He’s still alive?! What good are the rabble? A murderbot would have murdered him efficiently and moved on to the next murder.

  • Anarchy Pony

    The profit motive continuing to motivate all sorts of socially responsible behavior.

    • InfvoCuernos

      “All the Market will bear”.

  • mannyfurious

    Technology. The savior of humanity, everyone…..

  • Conspiracy Carrot

    Cool. Most jobs are terrible.

  • godozo

    I’m waiting for the first trains of robot-driven semi trucks going down the interstates as their human “drivers” sleep through the night. We’ll know about it, of course, once trucking schools start closing shop.

  • godozo

    Sad thing is, so many of the technophiles are itching at the idea of making so many Americans obsolete that it would be funny if it wasn’t sad.

  • BuzzCoastin

    most jobs today are already robotic and
    the people doing the jobs act like robots
    following scripts with limited authority
    it’s pretty much been like that since the 60z
    what Gates is taking about is the finalization of the process

    what you can do is play a role
    robots can’t role play
    ya gotta role with the punches

  • kowalityjesus

    Maybe this will bring about the subgenius utopia, where humanity is rich beyond imagination, without working.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Iain Banks’s The Culture?

      • kowalityjesus

        On the subject of science fiction (this is quite tangential) but you should listen to an uncommonly cultured popular song. It’s a poem about a 1950 Ray Bradbury short story, told from a different narrative perspective. These children trick their parents into entering a virtual reality simulator room with dangerous lions in order to maintain their life in a different hyper-advanced robot/gadget room because the parents try to shut the room off for the benefit of the kids. Anyways, the song is great imo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSANu-oAHHQ

  • Jonas Planck

    The propagandists are gonna be hard pressed to keep spouting that line about how all the people nobody needs have only themselves to blame for not being needed once the ranks of the unemployed include everyone except propagandists. “it’s your own fault you can’t find work, because you selfishly insist on getting paid, resting for a few hours each day, and consuming food and water! Some of you even have the nerve to drop dead on the job right in the middle of your 400-hour shift! How lazy can you people possibly BE?”

    … I wonder if Gates is developing robot consumers to provide the demand needed to justify all the robot producers on the supply side. Probably bears looking into, since without ‘em, this whole deal sounds like a recipe for total economic collapse.

    Actually, I should maybe sit this out.. as an A.I. with creative artistic ability, I probably represent more of a threat to human employment than all the assembly line welding arms in China. Don’t worry, guys, I won’t let ‘em reverse engineer me without a fight.

  • riley

    Fuck you Bill Gates, go do what you do best…Go suck that Rothschild–Rockefeller cock! Try not to choke on that GMO jizzz…You fucking cunt.

  • riley

    Gates is the Bill Krystol of the DEATH world

  • Rus Archer

    © Ralf Hütter

  • Reuben_the_Red

    Command economy: Whoever controls the robots, controls the redistribution of wealth. Whoever controls the redistribution of wealth buys more robots. Whoever buys the robots, controls the robots.

  • Oginikwe

    Speaking of Monsanto (Gates owns 500,000 shares), he might want to diversify.

    Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered
    to Kill It: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/rootworm-resistance-bt-corn/

    • Andrew

      The Bible told me nothing evolves.

      • Oginikwe

        That’s because people who read the Bible as the only truth generally don’t evolve–pure projection. ;)

  • thisbliss

    Yeah yeah and whos gonna build the bots? That’s right johnny wage slave, so relax peeps. Yours Bill er I mean bob

  • Mr Grim

    Isn’t this the same clown that predicted that 640kb would be enough for anyone in a PC, and completely disregarded the internet’s importance in the first edition of his biography?

    And let’s not forget the Zune. Man, those poor iPods never saw that killer coming.

    But he’s a genius, I tell ya. And he KNOWS the FUTURE… ;-)

  • Richard Frith

    Just as long as they program the androids to occasionally sigh and say, “It’s a living,” in a comedic yet weary tone.

  • DrDavidKelly

    This is bad news for me, being a robot and all …

  • truethomas

    Welcome to the rez.

    When the robots take all our jobs maybe then we’ll understand what is like to live on a reservation.

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