Will robots take away our jobs in the future?
Probably, said inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.
But that’s really no big deal, he added, since we’ll just make new ones.
It’s happened before. Machines have taken over human jobs “many times,” said Kurzweil, who, in addition to receiving the National Medal of Technology, is the director of engineering at Google.
Take agriculture. The percentage of U.S. adults working in the industry today is a fraction of what it was a hundred or so years ago, thanks to the invention of sophisticated farming machinery.
Luckily, there’s a flipside to this equation: technological advancements have also created jobs.
The overwhelming percentage of Americans employed in information technology today, for example, all have jobs that didn’t exist 100 years ago.