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Andrew Yang on Automation - Turning Coal Miners Into Coders Is Not The Answer to Automation

By anonymous follow anonymous   2019 Apr 7, 3:40am 992 views   6 comments         share      


•Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020 as a Democrat. In this video, he discusses the greatest challenge of our time: automation and human-centered capitalism.

•Currently, a person's value is linked to the economic value of their job. So the soon-to-be-extinct coal miner should find new purpose by becoming a software coder, right?

•That's shortsighted, says Yang. One day soon, even the best coders will be outpaced by AI. We need to prepare for the inevitable future by shifting how we fundamentally think about human value.

We've all deeply, deeply internalized the logic of the marketplace, which is that our value is reflected in our economic value.

This is one reason why we have otherwise very, very smart well-intended people talking about how to turn coal miners into software coders.

Why is it that we think that they must become software coders? It's because their earlier purpose in the market no longer exists, and so we have to find them a new one and being a software coder seems like something that the market wants.

Now unfortunately the way that the market is evolving is that more and more of us are going to struggle to outcompete software, artificial intelligence, and robots more and more where robots are going to be to drive a car and a truck better than us very, very soon.

AI can already outperform the smartest doctors at identifying tumors on a radiology film. AI can already surpass experienced corporate attorneys at editing documents and contracts. And so right now we're trapped in this mindset where we all have to find value based upon the market's estimation of what we can do. But the market's going to turn on more and more of us very, very quickly and has nothing to do with our merit.

That radiologist went to school for a long time, but they just can't see shades of gray that the AI can. And the AI can reference millions of films whereas the radiologists can only reference thousands. And so we have to start evolving the way we think of ourselves and our value in this society.

If we rely upon the market, we're going to follow the market off a cliff because the market's going to turn on more and more of us over time, and we can already see that the market does not value many of the things that are core to human existence like caring, nurturing, and parenting and caregiving.

More including embedded video: https://bigthink.com/videos/andrew-yang-jobs-automation

#Yang #Automation #Coding #TheFuture

Related post on Yang: https://patrick.net/post/1323126/2019-03-15-patriots-turning-to-yanggang-in-response-to-trump-conservatism-inc-failure

1   Booger   2019 Apr 7, 5:35am  

Why not turn them into doctors instead?
2   CBOEtrader   2019 Apr 7, 5:38am  

Realtors.

Entire towns of realtors.
3   Goran_K   2019 Apr 7, 7:12am  

AI, like climate change, is just the next democrat chicken little scam.

It all boils down to the same old socialism every single fucking time.

“Give us money so we can help!”
4   CBOEtrader   2019 Apr 7, 7:17am  

Goran_K says
AI, like climate change, is just the next democrat chicken little scam.

It all boils down to the same old socialism every single fucking time.

“Give us money so we can help!”


You should be more clear though. The scam is their solution.

Climate change (or at least polution) and automation are both very real.
5   Goran_K   2019 Apr 7, 7:35am  

CBOEtrader says
Goran_K says
AI, like climate change, is just the next democrat chicken little scam.

It all boils down to the same old socialism every single fucking time.

“Give us money so we can help!”


You should be more clear though. The scam is their solution.

Climate change (or at least polution) and automation are both very real.


True. I want to see something more than “give us $54 trillion” to MAYBE change the temperature half a degree in 100 years.

That screams scam.
6   Y   2019 Apr 7, 7:43am  

Synchronized refrigerator opening by millions of earth dwellers for xxx seconds times xxx cycles a day can reverse GW.
No taxes needed.
Goran_K says
True. I want to see something more than “give us $54 trillion” to MAYBE change the temperature half a degree in 100 years.

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