Imagine it’s twenty years in the future, we’re in the year 2041 and you need a new retaining wall installed by stone mason. This home service, among many others, might be served by robots rather than humans. Imagine it!
You call up the company and a robot voice answers, “What can we help you with?”
You answer, “I’d like a cost estimate for a retaining wall.”
The robot books a time and a week later shows up to knock on your door. It may look cute, it may be ghastly, but it’s been specifically designed by scientists to be adept at stone masonry, and since it works for free of course your local stone masonry company bought it. The same would be for your local appliance repair or roofing company. Robots everywhere, doing your landscaping, your aquarium cleaning, etc.
But then there’s a scarier thought: What if all those local human-run businesses were replaced by robots too, government controlled or something! Instead of calling a company like Roofing Victoria for a shingle repair, you might be using an app to summon a robot from a major corporation. Think of it!
In a free market, whoever is the company to have a line of robotic home service experts first will be able to dominate the market, not just locally but nationally or internationally as drones from the hub base could fly in all the materials and robots to get any job done in a fraction of the time and cost it would take small, human-run businesses today.
But maybe this isn’t such a scary thought, depending on your outlook. I actually doubt something like this would happen in the next twenty years, but maybe the next few hundred years for sure. If it does happen, it’ll be sad to remember all the historical humans who were once masters of their crafts, helping other humans.
What do you think? Let me know because I’d love to chat about it.
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