The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

  • Published: 08 June 2017
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    • Lbpc2 2
      Lbpc2 2  1 weeks back

      I know this came out four months ago but this is what happens in star trek sooooooo if you think about it if robots become self-sufficient then no Hans will work because no one will need to as they could provide everything

    • MegalodoN
      MegalodoN  2 weeks back

      Raquel ;3 Escobedo no

    • Scrosseh
      Scrosseh  4 weeks back

      Aren't we all being way to passive about this issue? We as a society have the power to change what we want the future society to look, so if AI is unsustainable just don't promote it. Economy is regulated by people income, if we don't have money, we don't buy products or services and others jobs won't be lucrative, so the prices may decrease to stabilize this; *we don't have such a self balanced reaction with AI 'cause there are no writen rules for it* We need to take control of our own lives, at a society level this is the same as creating systems that won't blow up in our faces..
      edit: ponctuation

    • Maxi Immortality
      Maxi Immortality  2 months back

      I love it

  • One Piece Uploads
    One Piece Uploads  5 hours back

    Umbrella Corp lol

    • Killergodzilla02
      Killergodzilla02  9 hours back

      Thank goodness I got a job that a robot can't do.

      • OneEyeWinky
        OneEyeWinky  13 hours back

        Possible solution women back at homes men work.

        • DDHard
          DDHard  1 days back

          Maybe we are seeing it wrong, we are comparing the machines with our old vision of society and work. In my opinion, we dont have to change the machines, we have to change the society. Maybe the idea of work is obsolet, what if we develop a society were people dont need to work no more? A wolrd were the humans focus on enjoying life, having hobbies, etc

          The machines would do every work that is not creative and the humans would work at create things (inventions, art, games, sports,etc)

          • SANOOP BISHT
            SANOOP BISHT  2 days back

            I like umbrella easter egg at 6:19

            • Electro Gamer
              Electro Gamer  2 days back

              Robots and automation might just take care of humans and money would not be a problem as productivity is increasing but hours worked stayed the same. more production, less work. money might not be needed and everything is just free

              • Daniel Liljefors
                Daniel Liljefors  3 days back

                No job in the far further hoy do people get money?

                • Iveroo
                  Iveroo  3 days back

                  Zwei komplette Bücher als Quelle anzugeben ist zwar beeindruckend aber nicht sehr differenziert...

                  • Vegvísir-san the Owl
                    Vegvísir-san the Owl  3 days back


                    • Nick Goult
                      Nick Goult  4 days back

                      I normally find Kurzgesagt really interesting and I can accept that the world will end one day. But dear god this video was depressing. What are people meant to do with their lives without jobs? Sit at home all day with their 'Universal Income', living on antidepressants. If/When this happens the typical human lifestyle would need to drastically change. Humans need some goal or objective in life, which jobs provide. I hope this happens long after I'm gone. :(

                      • William Lewis
                        William Lewis  4 days back

                        THEY TOOK OUR JOBS

                        • Blade FX
                          Blade FX  4 days back

                          i think that automation can create a new type of communism... a good one actually!
                          Where people won't have to work and will instead be able to pursue their dreams and desires

                          • Gabriel
                            Gabriel  4 days back

                            If machines take over all jobs, but still produce the same results (energy, processed goods, etc), won't that be the start of *TRUE COMMUNISM?*

                            • Natalia J. Kelly
                              Natalia J. Kelly  4 days back

                              I don't quite see why it's so upsetting that unemployment is increasing due to automation - doesn't this make it easier for individuals to make corporations themselves?

                              • lcg3092
                                lcg3092  3 days back

                                If you are rich, sure...

                            • zahir ayub
                              zahir ayub  4 days back

                              The economy would break down if productivity incenses but number of worker continue to decrease will lead to people not able to buy thing which company's need to sell
                              This may end in the fall of the economic system used in today's time

                              • Rezo98
                                Rezo98  5 days back

                                No more jobs no more money

                                • marialiyubman
                                  marialiyubman  5 days back

                                  Your stats are flawed. Despite automating many jobs and showing no working hours increased, you failed to show they never decreased, meaning: people evolve into other jobs as they give the simple jobs off to machines and robots. However, if we don’t stop the people in big Tech from colluding with each other to overturn elections that don’t suit their needs and silence people they disagree with, then the second option is not only possible - it’s already here.

                                  • Alexander Schilcher
                                    Alexander Schilcher  5 days back

                                    We need either UBI or socialism

                                    • Peter Müller
                                      Peter Müller  5 days back

                                      8:55 but that's because Americans are stupid and make (over)work their God resulting in burnout and they deserve nothing better for such stupidity aMeRiCaN dReAm

                                      • Peter Müller
                                        Peter Müller  5 days back

                                        5:08 proof that kurzgesagt is controlled by the Jews!!!

                                        • Devil's Advocate
                                          Devil's Advocate  6 days back

                                          Let me take a stab at identifying one of the main problems at work here:

                                          Goods and services can be produced more efficiently than ever, but for the most part, we're not expected to spend less time producing them. Spending 35 to 40 hours a week at a paying job is something that lots of people still expect *of themselves* regardless of economic need. When productivity doubles, instead of workers each only working half the hours they needed to before, half of them are laid off. The obvious solution is for people to *work less*. A lower supply of human labor means higher demand for human labor, higher wages, and less competition for jobs.

                                          More efficient labor ought to mean that people in general can work less to obtain a higher quality of life, but that doesn't work so well when an increasingly relatively small elite both produces and consumes nearly everything. The trick is convincing people that they shouldn't blindly PRODUCE PRODUCE PRODUCE so they can CONSUME CONSUME CONSUME, because (1) after a certain point, more free time is more valuable than things you can buy and (2) *employment* is now a scarce resource, so working as long and hard as you can has become, in many cases, detrimental to society.

                                          • Hindsight
                                            Hindsight  6 days back

                                            Learn about agriculture, foraging, and living off the land because soon unless you are a genius computer scientist or engineer the only money, shelter and food you will get is that which you make yourself to feed and shelter yourself.

                                            • Sid B
                                              Sid B  6 days back

                                              What is the name of the San Francisco company mentioned in the video?

                                              • Nicholas Obviouslyfakelastnamebecauseprivacy

                                                Basically, where in the past you had to have humans oversee these machines, now you don't have to. It used to be (and largely still is) that you have to have humans managing the machines. The machines enhance the humans. In the future you can set up a factory and tell it to produce something, and with minimal management *it fucking will*

                                                • Beginner Dot Net
                                                  Beginner Dot Net  7 days back

                                                  I'm i the only one who notice that this is communism?
                                                  "Huge Exploit" - that's what people said about how we can reach communism.

                                                  • Tsar Alester
                                                    Tsar Alester  1 weeks back

                                                    _"Law 1 - _*_Never outshine the Master_*_ "_

                                                    -Robert Greene

                                                    • Selena
                                                      Selena  1 weeks back

                                                      Wow such a great video

                                                      • Tyberson88
                                                        Tyberson88  1 weeks back

                                                        Andrew Yang can help solve this

                                                        • jaymorpheus11
                                                          jaymorpheus11  1 weeks back

                                                          Some punk talks hate... soon a cyborg cop shows up and smacks the fuk outta that hater... face recognition and 3 strikes for life in prison

                                                          • Arthur Bueno
                                                            Arthur Bueno  1 weeks back

                                                            Kurzgesagt is my new favorite channel on YouTube. You're even better than 3Blue1Brown !!

                                                            • Evil Herb
                                                              Evil Herb  1 weeks back

                                                              I don't see why people panic about losing their jobs to machines: if fewer people are needed to do a certain job as a consequence of automation, it just means that labour can be redistributed elsewhere. If labour is redistributed elsewhere, that means more total output; more total output means more taxes, and more taxes allow creating more jobs, and more jobs allow for further redistribution of labour. This does come with the potential problem of initially not having enough jobs to redistribute the labour to, but that's what welfare is for.

                                                            • Reese Torwad
                                                              Reese Torwad  1 weeks back

                                                              After the vid, I got an ad for "intelligent" automation. Lmao

                                                              • Burke rudelsheim
                                                                Burke rudelsheim  1 weeks back

                                                                What I am worried about is AI automating our hobbies, we’ll have nothing to do except just sit there and do nothing.

                                                                • lcg3092
                                                                  lcg3092  3 days back

                                                                  If it's a Hobby then you don't care that a machine can do it for cheaper, you'll just do it because you like it anyway...

                                                              • James Roscoe
                                                                James Roscoe  1 weeks back

                                                                And yet the jobs that I heard many experts expect to be automated in the foreseeable future are ones that are relatively repetitive (many of them are). The machines, and AI we have right now are very good at specific tasks, such as the tasks mentioned in this video, or playing chess etc. What need to be developed in a general intelligence AI that is capable of learning and doing many tasks efficiently on it's own. Which is something we still have yet to manage. Even if we do manage this it's debatable whether or not humans will ever be removed completely from the workplace. Humans and AI think very differently from each other. That's why it's speculated that in the future we will have a hybrid of both so that everyone benefits. We'll likely all require neural implants of some kind in order to remain relevant (Who knows?). Whatever the outcome will be I fear that we are not ready for it socially are economically. The proceeding decades could end up being very tragic and grim indeed.

                                                                • Bestbro
                                                                  Bestbro  1 weeks back

                                                                  James Roscoe you look like Snape from Harry Potter with his hair cut. Also good argument

                                                              • Just a Pucker
                                                                Just a Pucker  1 weeks back

                                                                But machines dont make good memes

                                                                They become the memes

                                                              • Martin Price
                                                                Martin Price  1 weeks back

                                                                Someday the Terminator will be sitting in the living room watching and computing the Terminator movie.

                                                                • Jame Gorden
                                                                  Jame Gorden  1 weeks back

                                                                  I don’t see what the problem is if robots take all our jobs then We can stay at come doing what we actually love and supporting this beautiful channel in fact I would buy a robot just so it can take my job and get the money for it 🙃🙂

                                                                  • Bestbro
                                                                    Bestbro  1 weeks back

                                                                    Jame Gorden then again, its still built by humans. Humans are weird. We may program them to continually study the world around them, learning more and more. This may be another revolution among slaves, in this case, automated ones. Yeah this topic is all over the internet, but if we aren't ready for the change in robots, we never will br

                                                                • Nicolas Flores
                                                                  Nicolas Flores  1 weeks back

                                                                  Great video

                                                                  • CatSauceForThePeople
                                                                    CatSauceForThePeople  2 weeks back

                                                                    Solution? Communism!

                                                                    • Jim
                                                                      Jim  5 days back

                                                                      Yes! Let's kill everyone!

                                                                  • -Lightning Will-
                                                                    -Lightning Will-  2 weeks back

                                                                    What about inflation from 1978 to 2015?

                                                                    • David Diaz
                                                                      David Diaz  2 weeks back

                                                                      Yanggang boys

                                                                      • John Van T
                                                                        John Van T  2 weeks back

                                                                        Why can’t there just be a Robo-thanos to snap half of all the Robots on Earth away, and we can get jobs back?

                                                                        • Jame Gorden
                                                                          Jame Gorden  1 weeks back

                                                                          John Van T lol we can just build robots then we rent our robots to someone and then the amount of hours it worked is how much you get paid

                                                                        • John Van T
                                                                          John Van T  1 weeks back

                                                                          Jame Gorden we won’t have any money

                                                                        • Jame Gorden
                                                                          Jame Gorden  1 weeks back

                                                                          John Van T if the the robots go ours jobs then we can stay home play games and watch YouTube videos and live luxuriously while robots do our work we just enjoy life

                                                                      • b k
                                                                        b k  2 weeks back

                                                                        Oh, maybe modern companies earn more for the sake of efficiency? Technological progression has proceeded due to doing more in the same time. If you compare income of old manufacture with the new one in this way you will do really stupid thing...

                                                                        • MacoTheGamer ENG
                                                                          MacoTheGamer ENG  2 weeks back

                                                                          THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!

                                                                          • Jame Gorden
                                                                            Jame Gorden  1 weeks back

                                                                            MacoTheGamer ENG I bet your gay

                                                                        • Marxist Rick
                                                                          Marxist Rick  2 weeks back

                                                                          Welcome to the marxian theory

                                                                          • Marxist Rick
                                                                            Marxist Rick  4 days back

                                                                            @Jim Where you've read that ??
                                                                            stay off TV for a while and read little of history , economics, cause you've no idea What's you're talking about

                                                                          • Jim
                                                                            Jim  5 days back

                                                                            A theory that doesn't work

                                                                  2 weeks back

                                                                          If the robots do everything then people should just get a standard lone.

                                                                          • tracy smith
                                                                            tracy smith  2 weeks back

                                                                            As someone over 50, I'm pretty certain that I will only see all this automation be hoarded by the mega-rich while the rest of us struggle.

                                                                            • Ron García
                                                                              Ron García  2 weeks back

                                                                              tracy smith look up andrew yang