The debate "Agriculture cannot be done exclusively by robots" was started by
May 8, 2014, 1:29 pm.
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First, just because it cannot currently done by robots doesn't mean that at some point in the future, it won't be possible.
Second, just because people will lose their jobs doesn't mean it won't happen. If that were the case, Pittsburg would still be brimming with steel mills and being a steamboat captain would still be a thing. And if you want to talk about eliminating "unnecessary technology," you're fighting a losing battle. Technological progress appears to be pretty much unstoppable and will continue to be as long as there's money in it.
Third, look at the acceleration of the computing industry. As computing power has been going up, costs as compared to computing power have been going down--and rather quickly. So your Nigerian farmers might someday be able to afford robots. Furthermore, we can't predict how conditions in Nigeria (or anywhere) might change in the future. Perhaps robotics helps to turn their economy around. Maybe they get some strong leadership with integrity and pull their economy together. Maybe the global economy takes a massive upswing. Who knows? Not to mention--microfinancing is taking off.
Fourth, robots are capable of much more than repetitive actions. Natural language is being developed, as is decision making. I'm not talking about a Rumba, I'm talking about AI.
You can program a robot to do a repetitive action but you cannot program it to think. Many tasks will continue to be done primarily by human hands because we have the capacity to think and problem solve. We have so many unemployed and impoverished people that the last thing we should do is automate potential jobs. We need to look at how we have allowed technology to end jobs and how it's affected the economy - then we need to eliminate unnecessary technology to create more jobs to employ those in need.
In some regions of the world people cannot afford to buy a used tractor on eBay. How are they supposed to buy a used robot on eBay?
Are you going to open a bank in Nigeria and lend millions to the farmers?