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Thank you, R Jayaraman sir for this thought provoking article. The article talks about how human beings will lose ‘control’ over the situation if everything around becomes automated which makes us think: Is technological change our ally or our foe? AI can be a huge blessing to the society as it has the potential to eradicate poverty and disease, but what worries most of the researchers is that one-day human beings will lose control of the AI systems and will end up creating a Frankenstein, which has been glamorously depicted in a lot of Hollywood movies. However, my views are a bit different. In the future where most of the work done by us now will become machine dependent, doesn’t necessarily mean that human beings will become soulless. On the contrary I believe that maybe automation will help human beings to control their pace. In today’s world where everyone is busy with their 9-10 hours jobs, people don’t have time for themselves and their family, people are working like robots, but in the future when things will become automated, robots will take up most of the burden; so, people will find time for themselves and will start living like human beings again and not robots. Moreover, automation doesn’t mean that humans will lose all their jobs. Humans will be always required in the service sector because of things like empathy, judgment, creativity and critical thinking. The robots maybe designed to be intelligent but programming a robot to make it feel the human emotions is still too far-fetched. Technology has not yet reached to that point where everything will be automated. But it is an inevitable future. In the AI dependent future, the main problem will be the distribution of wealth, as perfectly articulated by Stephen Hawking “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution.” Hence, the cause of the problems will not be the robots but the human beings themselves. If we talk about the automobile sector, the idea of driverless cars may sound intimidating, just as a horseless carriage did in 1880. But the invention of cars made our lives so much easier. Who knows maybe driverless cars will be a boon for us. But one thing that is for sure is that, if everyone starts using driverless cars, it’ll mean a massive displacement of jobs in the transportation sector. During the Industrial Revolution, manual laborers feared that steam machines were going to take away their jobs. And it happened, for a while, but in the long run, things got so much better for society in general. Similarly, In the long run, driverless cars may turn out to be a boon for the society as driverless cars will not be prone to human weaknesses and errors. Hence, there will be higher efficiency and less accidents, which maybe a blessing for the world where 1.3 billion people die every year because of road accidents. Every revolution comes with a cost. The rise of new technology will strip some people of their livelihoods. But in the long run, it will raise the nation’s standard of living. Our future will be a Dystopian one or a Utopian one, only time will tell.

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