Why Watch? If you’re feeling anxious about what the future holds, this short film from CGP Grey isn’t going to help. In Humans Need Not Apply, a horrible dystopian
future present reigns over the landscape, forcing humans from their jobs as less-expensive robots become more available.
If you’re certain that robots won’t be coming for your job, think again. This documentary has some startling statistics about how many fields they’re already in and will be in soon. Everyone from office workers to your neighborhood professional painter might be looking for a new gig.
The caveat to all this (which the doc doesn’t go into) is that — while this revolution is wholly different from others — it will still have to abide by the basic rules of economics. Simply put, if everyone is out of work, no one will have any money to buy the products that companies need the robots to make. That’s both a chilling nightmare scenario and the safeguard against catastrophic damage as we transition to a new economy.
Still, Humans Need Not Apply is fascinating look at the future we’re currently living that recognizes both the wondrous potential for automation and the bedrock danger that it presents. Plus, if you’re Ray Kurzweil, this should put a big smile on your face.
What Will It Cost? About 15 minutes.