Hooray, my eventual chemistry degree will mean nothing.
Normally, I'm 100% in favor of new tehcnology. It's made our lives so much richer, easier, and longer. Much better than the days of working 15 hour days in the fields just to feed yourself. But the thing is, after machines replaced a chunk of menial laborers, we as a species had a higher plateau to ascend to. We went from agriculture to industry, and then from industry to information.
But if we can now produce a robot to do everything for free, is there really anywhere else to go? If it will no longer make financial sense to hire even the brightest brains, what will become of us? I don't like to think of it.
The popular solution would be to outlaw the development of such technology and subsidize human labor, but artifically propping up a system that everyone knows is outmoded strikes me as horrendously expensive and ultimately futile.
My God, I can't even go on the internet anymore. Politics, unemployment, even basic human nature...
It all makes me sick to my stomach.