(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) An adviser to the World Economic Forum warned that the world will have “billions of useless people” when artificial intelligence can perform all their jobs and they refuse to receive technological implants.
Israeli philosopher Yuval Harari said that humanity will have to “deal with” these “meaningless” people, who no longer serve an economic purpose, by keeping them distracted and docile with the same addictions used today, according to the National File.
“The biggest question maybe in economics and politics in the coming decades will be what to do with all these useless people,” Harari said during a lecture.
“The problem is more boredom, what to do with them and how will they find some sense of meaning in life when they are basically meaningless, worthless,” he continued. “My best guess at present is a combination of drugs and computer games.”
Harari teaches history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work has focused on the transitions between society’s agricultural, industrial, and technological stages.
He believes that humans, who he called “hackable animals,” are nearing a “second industrial revolution” that will change their nature.
This revolution will not produce better and cheaper items to buy at grocery stores.
“But the product this time will not be textiles, or machines, or vehicles, or even weapons, the product this time will be humans themselves,” Harari asserted.
“We are basically learning to produce bodies and minds. Bodies and minds are going to be I think the two main products of the next wave of all these changes.”
Those who refuse to integrate artificial intelligence into their biological bodies and minds will become “useless” to society.
He noted that scientific and technological developments have already displaced citizens from their jobs, though the world refers to them by “different titles.”
“You see more and more people spending more and more time, or solving their time with drugs and computer games, both legal drugs and illegal drugs,” Harari said.