THE GREAT ROBOTIC DOWNSIZING COMETH… TO GOVERNMENT?
Finally someone has said it; we all knew it was coming, but finally someone has said it: one of the first areas up for "downsizing" as robots move to replace humans is (drum roll), government bureaucracies, as outlined by this article in Zero Hedge that was shared by Mr. V.T.:
Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots, New Study Finds
Imagine the consequences: no more having to deal with a heartless human bureaucrat, and, if you're one of those mindless drones lucky enough to have been born into the political class in the West - one thinks of the Pelosis, the Feinsteins, the McCains, Grahams, Camerons, Sarkozies, Hollandes, Merkels &c -this is truly a God-sent deus ex machina, for no more would one have to worry about the heartless human bureaucrat waking up and on occasion succumbing to a bout of real humanity, thus messing up the smooth functioning of goobernment. One can even imagine modifications of Isaac Asimov's famous three principle laws of robotics: Thou shalt never do anything harmful to Goobernment nor to any of its human officers.
And it would save money.
Want to drain the swamp? "Hire" robots.
It would save money.
Want to solve the "immigration/illegal alien" problem? "Hire" robots.
It would save money.
Want to make sure the Common Core lesson plans are followed rigorously and to the letter, and right on time? Want to make sure those individually adapted personalized computerized standardized tests are administered without muss and fuss from human teachers? "Hire" robots.
It would save money.
Want to make sure those commodities and bonds and stocks purchases placed by grandma at your local brokerage house get placed and executed in time? Want to cut down on the overhead that bank tellers and security guards and cleaning staff require? "Hire" robots.
It would save money.
Want to make sure your pizza/Big Mac/ and drinks order is carried out to the customers' direction? Want to make absolutely certain the employees at your local franchise convenience store aren't dipping into the till? Want to cut down on time at breaks for your blackjack tables and roulette tables and craps tables in your casino that human employees take up? Want to cut down on labor overhead costs to man three shifts per day in said casinos? "Hire" robots.
It would save money.
Want to cut down on the bothersome business of maintaining large parliamentary buildings and keeping them clean? Why even bother hiring robots? Allow your local MPs and congressmen and senators and what not to just stay on the golf course with their robot caddies, and conduct all votes by internet and ipads, logging in for votes with an appropriate avatar.
It would save even more money.
Want to make sure the disenfranchised humans you've just fired behave, especially when their unemployment runs out? "Hire" robots for your police and security forces. It will keep them in line.
And it will save money.
... At least, that's the way all of this will be promoted and sold.
See you on the flip side....
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Why even trust humans to vote with their pesky cognitive dis functionalities when their social media avatars which already claim to know them better themselves could vote on their behalf? Indeed, why let humans make any important decisions themselves when these algorithms could represent them so much better? And so on. This is where we’re heading imo if we’re not extremely careful.
childhoods end and this come to mind
not sure if this is related here. for certain this is more related elsewhere on doc’s blogs. looks like an odd twist in trends though eh?
starting to see more and more on these in places i had not expected to see it. how limited a hangout are we getting here?
It will be interesting to see how far up the chain they move? They also set people up who aren’t involved? Hard to believe there has been a real sea change?
It might take a couple of generations, but if we are going to survive this lunacy, robots must reach their zenith, so that humanity ultimately sees the error, revolts, battles, and, hopefully, wins against them. Sadly at the moment, we are like children, wanting desperately to play with the next toy, innocently believing that the grass is always greener elsewhere, and this won’t change until we are sufficiently wounded to make the change. It might take a few Neos or John Connors, or some Tolkienesque or Lucasnesque alliances to do so, but I think it’s inherent in our nature to question and rebel, and that’s a kernel of strength – even though we might not think it.
having been a bureaucrat for a good deal of my life most would find little difference between dealing with a person or a robot at DMV or trying to bid on a government contract. Most of the frutration ordinary citizens find in their dealings with government agencies is that management reduces employee discretion to zero with a rigid set of policies and procedures that frustrate both the citizens and the employees that deal with them. Nothing at that level would change. As for reducing staff, perhaps, but the cost and time of procuring such a system would be huge. Like the purchase of a new data system, it would be obsolete before it ever became operational. Why? Because managers, all of whom who would still be around after the lower level workers are eliminated are more afraid of making a mistake that they would spend thousands of hours making sure their asses were covered. Further, they would no doubt be instructed by the politicians you elect to circumvent rules designed to insure that political concerns not corrupt the process. Finally, the private vendor that is ultimately chosen to provide the system, having “taken care” of certain elected officials to get the job would provide a system that insured they would double their profit margin fixing “unanticipated problems”, to say nothing of the cost of maintaining these robots. Finally, there would still be a need to keep a lot of employees around to “take care” of friends of the elected officials who can’t get preferential treatment from automatons.
Too many people on this site are under the impression that “their” politicians are different. They believe the BS they spew and think that they will fix everything. Some think they will expand things to solve the problems and others think that shrinking government will make problems disappear. Well I’ve worked for both every type of political philosophy and for non-politicians who just ran for office to show how “private enterprise” was the answer, and I can assure you that a robotic government will end up enriching a few companies that will provide it and costing taxpayers more than doing nothing.
The globalized system writ large.
It is becoming less clear what the role of human is?
The question maybe/what jobs aren’t susceptive to elimination or radical de-deskilling and downsizing by automation?
Even the cheapest workers in the world are not as cheap, efficient, and productive as the information technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence that can replace them.
There is now just one last surge of work left: to lay out the infrastructure of an automated economy. Robots aren’t going to do that. This last surge of work[35 yrs?] is paving the way for the virtual end of work.
Society is hitting a tipping point where humans are engineering their own obsolescence.
The PTB have been slowly acclimating the hoi polloi to the slow drip of the oppressive prospects of technologies. These have been growing exponentially as they spy on us, profit off our desperation and misery, make us work harder for less – all to control us/rather than free us.
More are only beginning to realize this as automations speeds-up through the food-chain.
Even commanders on the electronic battlefield are finding, that they too are the weak link, in their sacred kill-chain.
the weak link.
Fascism is nothing but monopoly capitalism imposing its will on those masses whom it has deliberately transformed into its slaves.
The 1st truth is that the liberty of a democracy is NOT safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself.
The American fascist puts money & power ahead of human beings claiming to be super-patriots, but destroying every liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
The core aspect of fascism everywhere is to destroy.
Todays prayer … Dear Universe .. please bless us with more “hacks” from South Dakota (we need all the “hacks” we can get) .. and take very special care of the one that we do have .. Amen !!
Joseph … many thanks for your insights .. S
The next thing will be allowing robots to marry, and then which toilets do they use.
Wondering what are elites will do when their perfect slaves break down. Who will then feed and care for these brain dead parasites but then these idiots have never thought that far ahead and exist in Neverland and dream numerology is real.
Dante’s Inferno comes to mind
all ye who enter here.
Is this where America is heading,
along w/planet earth… ?
Put on the whole amour of God, that ye might be able
to stand against the wiles of the Devil / because we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians, Chapter 6, versus 11 to 17
I think that I’d get more humanity and see more empathy coming from Robots than I would from the French Administration (yep capital letters..)
At least robots can’ t give you a severe dose of meprise and hate and burn through your face with the cold glacial stare of ‘sans-âme’ french bureaucrates.
Speaking with French people, I can bear witness, most people in the bureaucracy are there because they cant be fired and dont want to work. I have no problem seeing these people fired and ohmigodthehorrorthehorror actually start having to work and earn their 3-6 grand per month.
Basically you’re saying the corporations and technocrats are busily producing “useless eaters” for the eugenics crowd to do away with through wars and racial strife thus leaving the earth in their far superior hands with a minimal slave labor workforce to service their robots. What a bright future this paints for humanity.
B oring, uninquisitive surveys like that cited have been pushing this idea for decades.
This meme has lead directly to a decline in the quality of too much, not all, public education, it leads to dam failures in places like California.
Robots are already doing some jobs in government, buy a train ticket on a commuter train–that’s almost always done via an ATM, re-register your car–you go to the DMV’s website.
So wrong, and when people follow this cliched advice it almost always backfires.
And much more importantly the government, amongst others, already makes massive use of robots to do work that used to be done by government employees. Yes, every single hard drive recording data is in fact a robot in use.
People like to interact with other people whatever the idiotic imaginings of sociopathic social engineers and their app-addicted acolytes. -And who would want to flirt with a robot waitress anyway??
And the sadder thing is that Tyler doesn’t seem to understand that hard drives, which are robots, already do plenty of government jobs that used to be done by people.