A computer scientist at Rice University believes machines might be capable of performing all forms of human labor within the next 30 years.
Human labor could be obsolete by 2045, according to a computer scientist at Rice University. Moshe Vardi believes that within the next 30 years, machines will be able to perform almost any task presently performed by humans.
Thus, Vardi is posing questions to his colleagues about the necessary response in the event of widespread unemployment.
According to Vardi, technological advancement in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics are displacing the need for human labor and leading to the loss of many middle-class jobs, which could result in worldwide unemployment as high as 50% within the next several decades, reports the Guardian.
He said, "'I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?...The question I want to put forward is, 'Does the technology we are developing ultimately benefit mankind?'"
Vardi further noted, "Humanity is about to face perhaps its greatest challenge ever, which is finding meaning in life after the end of 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.'"
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