many people are wildly, harmfully optimistic about how easy a huge % of jobs in our society will be to automate. there are so many tasks humans do that consists partly of automation-friendly tedium and partly of judgment calls and cognitive leaps that humans do with ease but computers are untenably bad at on a philosophical level.

look at all the reasons the prospects for 100% autonomous cars have dimmed in the past year or so. the first 90% of many computer vision problems come easily and you feel like a god as you charge through them, while the last 10% are a never ending slog and it's the latter that makes the difference between good quality or bad, cost-effectiveness or uselessness, life or death.

humans will be the critical force in labor for a long time to come, and we need to fight for a world that accepts that and offers justice rather than exploitation. technology isn't going to create a better world for us any more than robots are going to cook us delicious meals start-to-finish.


the tech world has done its damndest to get us bought in to a world that offers zero-friction convenience, "like magic", while externalizing and hiding the human costs wherever possible. these are the visions of people who want to be served but never serve, and at the end of the day they don't especially care if it's a human or a robot. we cannot let these people determine the course of society.

@jplebreton This reminds me of a quote from Bertram Gilfoyle in Silicon Valley: "It's not magic, it's talent and sweat."

@jplebreton Close. These are the visions of people who want a piece of the market involved in serving people but don't actually want to do any repetitive labor. It's a bit like supply chain logistics, and there's nothing wrong with it. If you want to prepare everything you ever eat from scratch you grew yourself, great. But don't blame the user for not wanting to know how the program works in order to use it.

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