Headline August 27, 2016/ ''' *STUDENTS -JOBS?- SEISMICS* '''


''RIGHT NOW,''....... Larry Page said ,    ''we feel like computers are still pretty bad.''........... True!

''EVENTUALLY NO HUMAN WILL HAVE to work at all,'' said Marshall Brain, founder of   How Stuff Works  and author of   Robotic Nation.

''Therefore we should redesign our society so that everyone is on perpetual vacation.'' From parking lot attendees to toll booth collectors to drugstore cashiers, robotic automated machines are already freeing more of people's time.

On Robots the truth is that they get the job done   -and usually they don't answer back: The question many fear, particularly millennials is, whether these robots will make the already-challenging job  search even more of a challenge.

Marshall Brain says,'' Yes,...........absolutely, Yes!''

''Eventually robots will equal and even surpass human capabilities,'' Brain said in an interview, ''and they will take much of the jobs sooner than we might expect.'' 

Brain who admits that he is on the extreme side of the spectrum, makes a bold and controversial prediction : ''Within a couple of  decades, there won't be a single job that robots can't do better than humans.''

Robots haven't just moved in on low wage and entry-level jobs, but all the way up the chain to the likes of law clerks and doctors. Robots are already helping the best and the brightest do what they do even better. 

A surgical technique called  Firefly  elevates doctor's ability to remove kidney tumours more safely and more efficiently at Georgetown University Hospital.

An unmanned vehicle called  MAARS  [Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System] has been used to drag injured soldiers out of combat zones and monitor security in remote areas.

A humanoid robot called  Robonaut  2  aboard the  International Space Station can perform simple tasks such as flipping switches and grabbing objects, relieving some of the challenging spacewalks required of astronauts. But the breakthroughs haven't come without roadblocks.

 ''Right Now,' Larry' Page said, ''we feel like computers are still pretty bad.''

Admitting that not all of  Google's  attempts at technological advancement have been successful, Page pointed to Google's   'I'm Feeling Lucky' feature which was intended to allow users-

To skip the search results and go straight to the answer. ''Maybe you don't want to ask questions, maybe you just want to have it answered before you ask it,'' Larry Page said. ''That would be better''.

Marshal Brain predicted that the first true circuit breakers will be when robots can see,  rather than think, like humans:

''Computer science hasn't figured out a solution to the general vision problem yet, but as soon as that gets figured out, it opens up this huge range of jobs for replacement that have been immune to replacement for a long time,'' Brain said.

So on that list : most remaining factory jobs, along with the fast food, retail and construction industries.

''If we just take those sectors,'' Marshall Brain said, ''that's tens of millions of jobs.''

Take leading retailer  Walmart, which currently employs more than 2 million people.  Many of those jobs entail helping customers check out,  stocking the shelves,  mopping the floors, and picking up carts from the parking lot.

''We are close to being able to automate these things now,'' Marshall Brain said. ''But with a good vision system, it's a no brainer.''

According to Brin, who leads the  hush-hush  R&D division known as Google X, cutting-edge machine learning is already capable of taking inputs such as vision  -which is currently being   used for Google's self-driving cars.

Google recently required   DeepMind  Technologies, a London based-start up focusing on  artificial intelligence  research that seeks achieve tasks such as recognizing words-

In human speech or  faces in video. ''In theory.'' Brin said.'' we hope it will one day will be fully reasoning artificial intelligence.''  

Many dispute Brain's claim that robots can ever truly, well, have brains. ''Computer scientists have been promising that for decades and not at all delivered,'' Brin said during the discussion.

''So I think it would be foolish of us to make prognoses about that.''. 
Although  machine learning   has never reached its speculated potential, Sergey Brin predicts that it  very well could down the road. ''You should presume that someday we will be able to make machines that can  reason and think  and do things better than we can,'' Brin said. 

So, for now,  millennials  need not worry too much about a robot having a better resume for jobs, or seeing the problem more clearly.  

With respectful  dedication to all those seeking jobs the world over : Students, Professors and Teachers. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society and  !E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Students Gold Final '''

Good Night and God Bless

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