The Risk of Technological Unemployment
In a Q&A with Reddit, Stephen Hawking – a man known for both his achievements in the realms of science as well as for his public persona as “Einstein in a wheelchair” – gave his opinion on what technological unemployment, aka machines taking over our jobs, can represent for future human societies.
Elaborating on the topic of technological unemployment, Hawking stated that “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality”.