A study by a British think tank, Reform, says that 90% of British civil service workers have jobs so pointless, they could easily be replaced by robots, saving the government around $8 billion per year.
The study, published this week, says that robots are “more efficient” at collecting data, processing paperwork, and doing the routine tasks that now fall to low-level government employees. Even nurses and doctors, who are government employees in the UK, could be relieved of some duties by mechanical assistants.
There are “few complex roles” in civil service, it seems, that require a human being to handle.
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In a former life I worked for a state government. Most of what I and my team did could indeed be done by robots. In fact, my perception of the main reason for our jobs was to act as sophisticated lie detectors; i.e., to determine whether the forms being submitted by applicants were truthful and accurate. Clearly robots can be programmed to do that even better than we could.
And not only would robot employees be cheaper than human ones, their retirement costs would be zero.
So, it will happen. And perhaps sooner than later.
Which again raises the questions - once human employees have been replaced, who will be the customers, and what to do with all the useless eaters?
You know the answer - put us on "reservations" where we can be watched, experimented on, and slowly drugged and/or starved to death - just like the rest of the Indians.
I know I keep coming back to this conclusion from several directions, but it appears to be the one certainty in our bleak future.