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Chipotle introduces guacamole prep robot, Autocado
Headline from Bloomberg News, 7-11-23
Artificial Intelligence is coming for us. I can handle AI replacing authors, lawyers, stock brokers, professors. I think the Hollywood script writers may have chosen a very bad time to go on strike. The production companies are promising that AI will not replace the writers. I don’t believe them.
But making guacamole? That’s a bridge too far. What’s going to be left for people to do? Be internet influencers? An AI generated avatar doing that job is coming, although its creators will have to dumb it down for the Robo Influencer is to be credible. Whatever.
The current climate made me review the Luddites:
The term "Luddite" refers to a person who is opposed to or resistant to new technologies, particularly those associated with industrialization and automation. The term originates from the early 19th century when a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites protested against the mechanization of their trade.
The Luddites were concerned that the introduction of machinery would result in the loss of their jobs and livelihoods. They believed that these new technologies would render their skills obsolete and create unfavorable working conditions. As a result, they resorted to direct action, such as destroying machinery in mills and factories.
We’re at an inflection point in history. New technology always wins.