This is the world the tech industry is creating.
According to most available data, the next 20 years will involve rapid automation of manual labor and customer service jobs. Millions of employees could be forced to learn new skills or change roles entirely.
Here’s how the tech executives are responding to the threat of a robot takeover.
The Microsoft co-founder believes so strongly in the idea of robots coming for people’s jobs that he’s already begun thinking about how companies ought to pay tax on those robots to make up for lost income tax.
“You cross the threshold of job-replacement of certain activities all sort of at once,” Gates told Quartz recently. “So, you know, warehouse work, driving, room cleanup, there’s quite a few things that are meaningful job categories that, certainly in the next 20 years [will go away].”
The “Shark Tank” investor and Dallas Mavericks owner has remarked on several occasions that artificially-intelligent robots will kill off jobs in droves in the coming years.
In February, Cuban criticized President Trump’s plans to bring back American factory jobs as a sign of the president’s poor understanding of technology and business.
“People aren’t going to have jobs,” Cuban said. “How does [Trump] deal with displaced workers?”
Khosla, a Sun Microsystems co-founder and prominent venture capitalist, has stated that 80% of IT jobs are at risk of automation in the coming decades.
Many of the jobs Khosla envisions involve rote, repetitive data entry or simple troubleshooting.
“I think that’s exciting,” he said at a November 2016 conference of the impending robot takeover.