The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

  • Published: 08 June 2017
  • Automation in the Information Age is different.

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    • Ahmad Suleman
      Ahmad Suleman  3 days back

      Just shoot the robots

    • Hyenphea
      Hyenphea  6 days back

      The bit at the last part of the video much a fantasy. The rich will grow richer, and the poor will grow poorer. Greed is a major component in human behavior and it's more than likely the majority of the rich will not share in their wealth, they will control more and more, and see other humans only as animals. If this does happen, it may be the case that as a species, we may never get passed a point where we all can prosper doing very little. Instead it would become a cycle of revolution, economic decline, followed by the same eventual repeating pattern of the rich rising to power with machines before we tear them down again.

    • jookbj
      jookbj  3 weeks back

      9:20 tou didn't explain why the wages for college grads has declined. The value of the college degree has gone down.

    • jookbj
      jookbj  3 weeks back

      8:55 I would like you to expand why work ouptut hasn't increased with with pay. There's a lot factors that play into it. This doesn't indicate a bad thing.

    • jookbj
      jookbj  3 weeks back

      Your business comparisons don't take into acc. dollar value and it implies that it's a bad thing that companies make more money with less employees than before.

  • Anything Interesting
    Anything Interesting  13 hours back

    Endorse Yang!

    • antonio96dt
      antonio96dt  18 hours back

      Socializar medios de produccion y renta universal para todos

      • Mutio86
        Mutio86  1 days back

        Only economy with that is fucking itself because if the people have no jobs they have no money to buy stuff.

        • LazySkull
          LazySkull  14 hours back

          thats why we have to come up with solutions for these problems. else millions of people wont have jobs.

      • Gabriela Bueno
        Gabriela Bueno  1 days back

        Calm down Gavin, Androids are probably not gonna take your job

        • KeRen Tan
          KeRen Tan  2 days back

          although this would make a very good dystopian!

          • Stanley Lin
            Stanley Lin  2 days back


            • Furkan Günay
              Furkan Günay  2 days back

              How are you doing to vocalization?
              Please elucidate me.

              • Contrarian Advice
                Contrarian Advice  2 days back

                None of these arguments actually explain why this time it's "different". They are all descriptions of how "this time, it's the same, but now it's happening to US and NOW, not just to some distant theoretical relations a few generations back, or at least far enough in the past that we can now view it in context". There's going to be large economic upheaval which may cause increases in wealth inequality, which may in turn result in social upheaval?? I mean, that's interpreting your argument generously, since you mostly talked about "jobs" as a Fundamental Good Thing To Try To Keep rather than linking it to wealth explicitly; and implied, but did not actually argue, that there's some reason that new jobs will not be invented. And I don't even know where to start with your interpretation of what AI is "on the brink" of.

                • J C
                  J C  3 days back

                  wait i appreciate your vids but how does this take 900 hours or 25 hrs/wk for 9 months? Does each of your videos have a nine month gestation period?

                  • 1D_Inc
                    1D_Inc  3 days back

                    5:34 " about what we do at work" (playing Solitaire)

                    Well, I knew that it will help in our struggle) Solitaire to everyone!

                    • Philipp Briese
                      Philipp Briese  3 days back

                      noch kürzer gesagt, we are fucked!

                      • Ahmed Elshazly
                        Ahmed Elshazly  3 days back

                        Capitalism will kill us.

                        • Prashant Bhandari
                          Prashant Bhandari  3 days back

                          Bates motel. Nice touch

                          • Ralph
                            Ralph  3 days back

                            Just blow yourselves up already.

                            • Henry Paleveda
                              Henry Paleveda  3 days back

                              So automation that can do the same work as humans is growing and getting better at doing those jobs and this current wave of innovation is taking more jobs than it is producing. Weren't these some of the social pressures needed to get actual funding for a moon/Mars base? Also, wouldn't the automation be able to assist this process as well as the undertaking generate far more jobs than the required automation could take? It seems like colonization of other worlds would be a solution to a variety of problems (And I know that it could cause a few as well).

                              • jose padilla
                                jose padilla  3 days back

                                does someone have the exact source for the data on job growth? i cant seem to find it in the books

                                • carlos maximiliano prezas perez

                                  This makes sense in a resource based Economy. Project venus.

                                  • Az Antifizikus
                                    Az Antifizikus  4 days back

                                    Hello Kurzgesagt! Can you make a video about human hibernation?

                                    • Odin Thorsdad
                                      Odin Thorsdad  4 days back

                                      How long until robots can retrofit a solar system to a 2 story tile house? Till then im safe

                                      • Quân Nguyễn
                                        Quân Nguyễn  4 days back

                                        excuse me! Which application you used to create these videos. Thank you for letting me know

                                        • 디로디
                                          디로디  4 days back

                                          where is next video?
                                          give me the link plz.

                                          • A. R.S.
                                            A. R.S.  4 days back

                                            10:43 bird person

                                            • Carson Case
                                              Carson Case  4 days back

                                              Yang watched this video

                                              • Wasting Your Time
                                                Wasting Your Time  4 days back

                                                Why I'm voting for Andrew Yang in 11 minutes

                                                • James Darsey
                                                  James Darsey  4 days back

                                                  In my opinion, we shouldn’t be afraid of robots or AI taking jobs from humans. If there aren’t enough people making money, then there aren’t enough people spending money.

                                                  But there is a solution.

                                                  A government could give a person or family a particular amount of money each year, and provide housing and utilities for humans. This would be possible by taxing the companies using robots and the like, to support humans. The owners of the companies would still be making profit, and if their product is worth buying then they aren’t really losing much through the taxation process since humans could still buy their product with the government granted money.

                                                  Of course this is just a half thought out plan but with a few great minds to work out kinks, and maybe a few trial states over the course of a decade or so, we could realistically pull it off.

                                                  • Valnar Darnus
                                                    Valnar Darnus  5 days back

                                                    You don't need a job to live. Food and a home will do the trick. Also you have more free time to do what you like.

                                                    • The LoftiestApple
                                                      The LoftiestApple  5 days back

                                                      I just got into college and this is terrifying

                                                      • Neurotically Incorrect

                                                        Solution: Socialism. Humans can work less hours, make more money, and redistribute the wealth from these hugely automatic companies.

                                                        • McLarenVXfortheWin #fixCSR

                                                          I'm employed as a Warehouse worker in Industry called Wertheim. It makes steel, and iron compenents for the mother industry called Schiendler which manufactures escalators. I know that a warehouse is automatable easily in this age, but there are some things which, robots can't be good at, like checking if a plate is cut the right way or it's bent in the right direction. And the paperwork isn't easy at to do by aoutomation, cos there are a lot of mistakes made by the orderers from Schiedler and it's a hassel to sort out.
                                                          I know that it's my perspective and there are places which should be aoutomated like getting NC fuel rods out of a Reactor or at Metal Foundry's which are really bad for human as a job. But there are some which shouldn't be, like cooking at Restaurants, because every meal is different in a small way, and that makes food delicious. You know what I mean, if your mum cooks sometging differently and it tastes better than previous, and it was by an accident...
                                                          But huge industries want to automate everything to make manufacturing more efficient and cost effective, but this makes a lot of people uneployed who studied a lot for their grades. This video was awesome to wake up humanity but it would make difference if the government would see it, I guess...
                                                          Feel free to respond!

                                                          • Moha Jordan
                                                            Moha Jordan  5 days back

                                                            I understood the reference ..

                                                            • Best Next
                                                              Best Next  5 days back

                                                              YANG GANG 2020

                                                              • Raging Thunder
                                                                Raging Thunder  5 days back

                                                                This is why IT jobs are the safest jobs possible. You cannot be replaced by machines.

                                                              • A. Smith
                                                                A. Smith  5 days back

                                                                Save us Andrew Yang

                                                                • -
                                                                  -  5 days back

                                                                  Yang 2020!

                                                                  • jbduende JB
                                                                    jbduende JB  6 days back

                                                                    Prostitution is the first industry that is going to suffer.

                                                                    • Eric Visser
                                                                      Eric Visser  5 days back

                                                                      That's one good thing going away because of automation lol

                                                                  • блаблабла блабович

                                                                    Bird Person?! Wow! Not bad, kurzgesagt, very cool!

                                                                    • cainification
                                                                      cainification  6 days back

                                                                      Vote Andrew Yang 2020! The only candidate addressing these problems in a way that works for all Americans

                                                                      • Jonodonozym
                                                                        Jonodonozym  6 days back

                                                                        Brilliantly explained, while really emphasizing the existential crisis we're facing. I'll be keeping this on hand for people who claim that digital automation is risk-free just like past automation!

                                                                        • Forgetting December
                                                                          Forgetting December  6 days back

                                                                          ANDREW YANG 2020

                                                                          • egal
                                                                            egal  6 days back

                                                                            Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren need to watch this. Raising the minimum wage won't do jackshit if people don't have any jobs in the first place. And raising the minimum wage will only increase unemployment even further by making robots even cheaper than human labor. The only candidate with a real solution is Andrew Yang.

                                                                          • Warsin
                                                                            Warsin  6 days back

                                                                            This is why we need YANG

                                                                            YANG GANG

                                                                            • Horstmaniacman
                                                                              Horstmaniacman  6 days back

                                                                              @kurzgesagt 7:13 is that a Double King reference?

                                                                              • TheRandomNPC
                                                                                TheRandomNPC  6 days back

                                                                                Mann vs Machine

                                                                                • Griffin Foster
                                                                                  Griffin Foster  6 days back

                                                                                  Vox says that there’s another side to this, that this has happened before and that there’s nothing to be worried about. Kurzgesagt says that it’s different this time, jobs just aren’t being created fast enough. WHOS RIGHT?!

                                                                                  • Jonodonozym
                                                                                    Jonodonozym  6 days back

                                                                                    Vox has a pro-establishment bias in politics, so it's in their interest to agree with Warren who denies that automation is a problem. As far as I'm aware, Kurzgesagt doesn't have political affiliations and just reports on interesting facts and ideas.

                                                                                • David Rojas
                                                                                  David Rojas  7 days back

                                                                                  I want to cite you. May I ask your name?

                                                                                  • YesButNo
                                                                                    YesButNo  7 days back

                                                                                    wall-e irl

                                                                                    • Quang Le
                                                                                      Quang Le  7 days back

                                                                                      YangGang, where you at?