Saturday, November 22, 2014
So guys, I recently read an article that McDonalds is planning to replace all of its cashiers with touch screen robots and wanted to know y'all's opinions on this. Is the human race doomed to lose all of our jobs to highly efficient gizmos? Or is this just the next step we need to take to progress as a society. While I don't go to McDonalds, this replacement doesn't affect me directly, but the fact that tons of people will soon be out of jobs can affect all of us. It's amazing to think that in the short run, this could be disastrous. However, over time I believe that the development of these kind of replacement worker technologies frees up more human beings to the pursuit of higher interests in thought and design. This has proven true in the past, i.e. after we invented fertilizers, more people could become specialists and work on more difficult, thought provoking issues. However, it took us a long time to get to that point, and progress then was much slower than it is now. Results from this rapid progression of technology could benefit society or destroy it. What do y'all think?