The Future Is The Machine

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Kevin Kelly a founding member of Wired and “senior maverick” at Wired, is a leading voice on the matter of mans race against the machine. He believes that robots are the future for our jobs that we currently have, we have created technology to help us do things we were are currently doing and to do them better. “70 percent of today 's occupations will likewise be replaced by automation”(300) Kelly suggests that we will make machines that will take up jobs we consider menial such as assembly line workers, and workers in warehouses. These jobs are being replaced by robots such as Baxter and speedy heavy duty robots that can lift more and do more than their human compatriots. With robots like Baxter who will take these menial jobs, will allow humans to create jobs and a future we can not even conceive(307). The future is the machine. Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of Technological Change at MIT, believes that by working with the machine and not against, we will grow in economics and productivity. The machines are something that will aid us in our our growing future. They can do much more than we as humans can do, such as thinking capacity, physical strength, and much more. The machine helps us be much more productive in our lives now, and with more productivity will lead to more growth. Brynjolfsson agrees with Kelly that machines and humans must work together so our future will be much greater. Brynjolfsson and kelly also concur that racing with the machine, and not harmonizing with it will ultimately end with humans losing. Clive Thompson a freelance journalist, and blogger who writes for the New York Times Magazine and Wired Magazine, believes that technology is increasing our mental intelligence, even when we are not using it. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ether than they do apart, able to beat a human or a supercomputer alone.Thompson heavily disagrees with Carr in the effects technology is having on our thinking. Brooke Gladstone a media analyst and host of NPR’s On the Media believes that fear of technology negatively affecting us wrongly placed, Gladstone states that history shows the advancements of technology is such examples as: television, radio, printing press, even written language, all of the scholars at the time of each invention had their fears and worries about the new technology. Gladstone explains that when like-minded people get together and share their ideas, their thinking will become extreme, due to having no other views given. This would in turn, change people 's thinking on what is right, to what they think is right. Gladstone disagrees with Carr in how technology is affecting human thinking.
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