Shorty wrote:I think the long term goal is replace all workers with robots.
I've done a lot of work automating processes. It isn't just robots. Automatic tolls replace toll booth workers, no robots needed. Word processing software replaces secretaries, TurboTax replaces accountants.
Robots are PART of it. Robots (and ATMS and automated checkouts and automated tolls, etc.) can replace manual labor. Software alone can often replace white collar workers.
It has its good and bad points. Consider the Human Genome Project. There simply weren't enough scientists in the world to do the work. So they invented some lab robots to do the grunt work. Sophisticated software, such as chemical analysis software or data mining software, can take care of much of the work scientists did to analyze the data. I have especially been involved in automating processes in the sciences, so I know it is a combination of robots and sophisticated software. I worked on systems where a scientist or lab tech could push one button, and it would do analysis that used to take months or years. Then, connect that to robots for high throughput work. A scientist could go away for a weekend, and upon returning find that robots plus software had done what used to take quite a few years of work.