The author forgot to mention that current global population will have been reduced by ninety per cent and that the class now making up the top one percent of our world will live in luxury with most of their needs fulfilled by robots, while remaining humans will work as administrators, managers and in service industries ensuring that everything is working properly for the elite.

In the 1960s the BBC ran a programme, Tomorrows World which would look at new inventions, technological advances and scientific discoveries and predict how these would improve human life in the decades ahead.
Among the most spectacularly wrong predictions were that by now we would all have robot domestic servants looking after us and would ride around in personal hovercraft. And they completely failed to predict personal computers and the internet.
My wife is still waiting for her robot housemaid and every morning I look out of the window and ask the gods “Where’s my feckin’ hovercraft.”
I’m sure in a couple of decades we will look back on this example of wishful thinking by technology fans with similar amusement.

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