Of course the value of the humanities cannot be reduced to their instrumental or economic value. But neither should the likely trajectory of their economic value be ignored. The Osborne and Frey study puts the likelihood of higher education professors being replaced by machines at 3 percent.
Numerous articles have recently raised concerns that robots will soon be taking over everyone's jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than in hospitals and nursing homes, where artificial intelligence and automation have led to increasing levels of productivity from robotic devices.
As human beings the one thing that we can rejoice in and take pride in is that no other machine or algorithm in the world would ever understand that it's our very flaws in being human that make us so special and individual.
The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a screening and press conference for the movie Chappie. It is a great movie about a police robot named Chappie that is downloaded with a program that makes him self-aware.
In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.