Robots Will Never Replace Humanity, Matthieu Ricard Explains

"They don't feel gratitude. They don't feel hatred."

01/22/2016 01:19 pm ET

The robots are coming! But while that may freak some business leaders out, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard isn't worried about the future of mankind, because machines lack basic humanity.

"They don't feel gratitude. They don't feel hatred. They just do what they're programmed for, even if they're quite incredibly smart," Ricard told HuffPost Rise at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday.

"They can help solve some of the technical problems, to alleviate poverty, to do all kinds of things, but I don't think they're going to replace the core of humanity, which, for me, is goodness," he added.

An analysis published earlier this week projects that robots and artificial intelligence will result in the loss of 5.1 million jobs worldwide by 2020. Concerns that robots could replace low-wage workers have existed for years. And researchers warned last fall that a rise in sex machines could damage human relationships.

Ricard, known for his TED Talks and books like Altruism, suggests looking at the brighter side. There's nothing inherently wrong with machines and technology -- the value is in how we use them.

"A man-made problem needs to be solved by a man-made solution," Ricard told HuffPost.

Watch the full interview above.

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