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Humans Need Not Apply

I saw this short 15-minute film on Youtube the other day called ‘Humans Need Not Apply’ and it was great. So I thought I’d share because I am nice and want to spread the alarm.

Humans Need Not Apply basically states and explains that most jobs will be replaced by technology. It is pretty much inevitable and there is nothing us meat-sack humans can do about it. I generally agree and can’t help but wonder what will happen in the future. Will we all be able to chill out and just enjoy ourselves and the culture we have created – art, films, books, theatre, music, etc? Will there be no worries about food, the need to go to a job you don’t like, or concerns about rent or a mortgage? It sounds pretty cool.

However, some people would get bored and might cause trouble. These are people I don’t understand but they are out there. If I didn’t have to work, there is no way in hell I would get bored. I would travel more, learn more languages, learn more instruments, read more, watch more and game more. More! I am always disappointed when I meet someone who claims they would be bored without work, they have such low sights in what they want out of life.

The big concern for me is that financial inequality is growing globally at an alarming rate. Most billionaires don’t care much that half the world is broke and most major companies do all they can to avoid paying taxes. That is just the way the system is set. So what happens when the workforce is all replaced by robots and software? Will there be plenty for all and mankind can enjoy retirement? Or will a few trillionaire robot owners reap all the benefits while the rest of us proles barely scrape by, satisfied with our mass-entertainment and mass-produced food? Humans are generally pretty selfish but then I am generally pretty cynical about humans.

I hope there is some kind of attitude shift that will allow for some redistribution of wealth but history has long shown that those at the top like it there and consequently that requires everyone else to be at or near the bottom. I am sounding like a massive leftie here but if we can get robots to do all the tedious shite, then it would be nice if everyone can have a good time rather than a few. If that happens, then bring it on!

Without further waffle, here’s Humans Need Not Apply:

 

 

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New windowless planes

I am just a couple of payments away from paying off my private jet, so imagine how annoyed I am that some new planes are set to make mine look like the Amish knocked it up. (Apologies to all my Amish readers – feel free to email your complaints.)

Windowless planes

Windowless planes

The idea the plane boffins have had is to get rid of all the windows and turn the walls into massive screens. This has the benefit of reducing weight (apparently) and making the whole fuselage more structurally sound. Another big benefit is that it looks fucking awesome. Essentially, cameras will film the outside and then project the images on the inside.

People may argue that this might make the metal tube you are in more claustrophobic, but I disagree. Firstly, those windows you get now are crap and unless you have a window seat, you don’t see much anyway. Secondly, we are barely more evolved than monkeys (albeit monkeys that can make shit hot aircraft screens) and our eyes are limited. They could replace the windows with hi-def 3d TV screens now and we wouldn’t notice. I think this will make the trip much more pleasant. In fact, it could be mega exciting. If I had my choice we would be on an alien planet or in space. Like this:

Windowless plane in space!

Windowless plane in space!

Or even better:

We have arrived at our destination, please buckle your seat belts, there may be some turbulence

We have arrived at our destination, please buckle your seat belts, there may be some turbulence

In case I have laboured this subject to death already, here is a video.

IXION Windowless Jet Concept from Technicon Design – France on Vimeo.

 

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Arthur C. Clarke predicts computers and internet in 1974

Arthur C. Clarke predicted a ton of stuff like satellites, fully immersive VR games, sexily voiced computers and space elevators and and so on. (Granted the latter hasn’t actually happened yet but NASA does have team on it, even if it’s taking a while http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/ast07sep_1/).

In this clip from 1974, he predicts small computers will one day exist in everyone’s houses. He predicted that these computers would also one day connect to each other so we can communicate, order plane tickets, buy pointless shite and look at naked people. The guy was a genius. Anyway, see for yourself: