Jobs, Life or Robots: Why Should We Question Who Matters?
Sometimes I feel the "convenience monsters", such as AI, search engines, social media, robots, internet commerce, and overall efforts to manufacture everything without the costly human interventions, are killing the economies human job market. They are making us lazy and less skilled than our former ancestors.
Until the late 1800's you could make a good living as a seamstress or working in any of the fibre arts. But with the invention of the sewing machine, a new consumer market was born. This new consumer market was one in which saving and reusing, recycling and skill-building were lost in favour of the idea that new is better, more convenient, time-saving and cheaper than the old fashioned methods.
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One seamstress could become more enterprising than her hand sewing competitors. Then someone got the idea to purchase many sewing machines and employ people to work them. At which point, "sewing machine Sally" went out of business, just like her hand made competitors before her.
Pictured to the bottom right are Crochet pattern dahlia's. Give them a try and make some fun blankets!
Alongside the sewing machine came
mechanical weaving machines, creating and designing fabrics faster than their handwoven, embroidered, knitted, crocheted, or tat-ed predecessors. These machines decimated multiple jobs and composed the early version of the manufacture nightmare we are still living in today.
I am a fine artist, going for my MFA. The first AI portrait was created called "Edmond de Belamy" in December 2018. It sold for $432,500. I think partly because this was a novelty item. Having the first of something could be a real investment in the future if AI takes over my world. Yet, the work is "cold". It has no real feeling or guts.
First created AI Portrait shown below. What do you think? Is this art or just programing fad to prove a point?