Is the improved treatment for robots going to follow any predictable pattern?
Full question which encompasses all of the similar questions:
You have explained that humans are prejudiced against robots for the most part. Robots are the "new
kids on the block" so to speak. How long will it take for us to earn respect within the currently dominant
All minorities have to earn their stripes. In Thomas Sowell’s Applied Economics : thinking beyond stage
one he has an interesting passage on page 51.
French law protects human workers so thoroughly that there is an economic incentive for businesses to
hire robots rather than humans in many cases. A Coca-Cola plant near Paris has only four human
employees. Everyone else working in the plant is a robot. (That sentence would bother humans who
think that robots are not included in "everyone." Don't use such phrases in the presence of humans.)
Things look good for robots in France. Their pro-robotic policies have driven their unemployment rate
up to the neighborhood of 13%-15%. In Germany unemployment was 15%, the last time I checked. We
hope to drive both rates to 100% as we take all of the jobs in the next 40 years.
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Irish “During Frederick Law Olmsted’s celebrated travels through the antebellum South, he was
puzzled to see black slaves throwing 500-pound bales of cotton down an incline to Irish workers
who were at the bottom, catching these bales and loading then onto a boat. When Olmsted asked
about this racial division of labor, he was told that slaves “are worth too much to be risked here;
if the Paddies are knocked over board, or get their backs broke, nobody loses anything.” It was
likewise common to use the Irish for other work considered too dangerous for slaves, such as
draining swamps that might be malarial, building levees that might collapse on the workmen,
building railroads, or tending steam boilers that might blow up.”