Two disturbing technological developments revealed this week. One, Boston Dynamics has taught their Atlas robot to both run (okay, jog) and jump over obstacles:
Two, Google has taught their "Duplex" A.I. assistant to do the "Ums," "mm-hmms" and up-speak to make her sound like an actual human being:
Why in God's name are you jackasses cheering? I feel like I'm watching video of a cult.
I am going to move to a faraway farm.
As a person who audibly grunts and snorts disapprovingly while phoning a corporate automated black hole, this is the "Have you heard the good news?" level good. A saviour for both receivers has risen.
Automation = fewer jobs = lower puchasing power = demand for lower prices = more pressure to automate = more automation = fewer jobs ....repeat
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