They took our jerrrrrrbbbbbbsss…
It’s always been the nightmare: a world filled with robots that do everything. But Bill Gates has a gentler phrase for it. He calls it “software substitution” and he claims it’s going to happen whether we like it or not.
“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses… it’s progressing,” he said. “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.”
A robot serving me food? That would sort of be awesome. The only sad thing is that said robot probably won’t be a C3PO style babbling buffoon serving me food. It’ll most like be an iPad on wheels. Or something like that.
But it’s not just menial jobs that will be getting phased out (and I say menial with great respect — being a waiter was probably the hardest job I’ve ever had) professional roles like accountants, real estate agents and airline pilots may also be phased out.