So, is it going to make our lifes easier or not? I guess in many cases this will be true in others false. Yay! Binary! No seriously, there can be no doubt that technology does make our lives easier and more comfortable. So obviously there will be many situations where robots in the workplace are going to make the work easier. I could imagine, for example a robot in retirement homes to help nurses with physically demanding activities and leave them with more time to socialise with their patients. This would be a very positive development and use of machines and I am sure, this will be true for some areas. Will he be your new work buddy? The other side however is a constant need for efficiency and cost saving. There are many areas where jobs and particulary software will completely replace human labour. That's one big reason for the use of new technology and it is actually a good thing. Robots which deliver food, working in transportation, performing boring menial tasks in shops, self driving cars and a lot more. Much faster and cheaper than humans could. It's just a matter of time, till most tasks are done by machines. I mean the idea behind many new inventions is, that better technology should be a benefit, leading to easier work and more time for people to follow activites they actually want to do. But how can this be the case, if a large number of people will loose their jobs and thus their income? And I believe that we might find our self in a situation, where machines don't make our lifes easier, but actually lead to a situation where robots/programms tell a lot of people, what to do. In other words, the creation of a large number of bullshit-jobs. What are Bullshit-Jobs? Bullshit Jobs: A Theory is a 2018 book by anthropologist David Graeber that argues the existence and societal harm of meaningless jobs. He contends that over half of societal work is pointless, which becomes psychologically destructive when paired with a work ethic that associates work with self-worth. Graeber describes five types of bullshit jobs, in which workers pretend their role isn't as pointless or harmful as they know it to be: flunkies, goons, duct tapers, box tickers, and taskmasters. Those kind of Jobs, already exist today and in almost every industry. We're talking about tasks which could be easily streamlined or removed completely, without anyone taking notice. But we need those, because otherwise, a large number of people would be without any chance of making any kind of living, leading to all sorts of issues, particuilarly in a consumer driven economy. And I fear, this is the evolutoin we're seeing right now.