Why I Don't Fear Machines, Yet

James Watson: Up until now, machines have made our lives a lot better. I don’t thing they’ve depersonalized us so far. 

I think machines let us do wonderful things. There will be some things which can be done much better by a machine than by humans.  So you could say they’re bridging the need for humans.  And that’s one of our problems. Will everyone on the Earth have a role that will be taken over by machines?


There have been people predicting that none of us will have to work or it will lead to a point where we would only have to work 10 hours a week.  

I’m happier when I’m working.  I used to feel always very strange on Sunday when I didn’t have something to do.  When I was a boy, I was anxious on Sundays.  The rest of the week, it was easy.  Up until now, machines have made our lives a lot better. I don’t thing they’ve depersonalized us so far. 

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