Software is eating the world. And it’s only the beginning.

  • Published on Feb 1, 2019
  • Are computers creating jobs or destroying them? What does our automated future look like? The software-powered world might not be so bad -- you just have to look at the big picture. As technology develops, we’re not automating individual jobs but entire industries, as we meet more of our needs through massively scalable software. It’s a huge shift in the way society works, and it doesn’t have to be a bad one.
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Comments • 349

  • The Verge
    The Verge  4 months ago +106

    Do you think automated future could be good or bad?

    • Anthony Man
      Anthony Man Month ago

      Satanic, universal income breast system up soon!

  • DaGreat7
    DaGreat7 Hour ago

    So basically, Pessimists are the Working Class, and the Optimists are the Wealthy Class and Business Class... Okey

  • Eric Lam
    Eric Lam 5 days ago

    This series is so great

  • hamad aj
    hamad aj 8 days ago

    yang gang

  • Princess Rios
    Princess Rios 8 days ago

    ANDREW YANG 2020

  • Omar Mezher
    Omar Mezher 12 days ago

    Probably one of the best series on TheXvid honestly. Love watching all the episodes! Keep it up! 👍

  • Tom Cheria
    Tom Cheria 15 days ago

    This is the reason why immigration should be drastically reduced to smooth transition into robotic revolution. Sadly rich and the powerful won't do it because that doesn't fit into their world view.

  • AngryTypingGuy27
    AngryTypingGuy27 Month ago +1

    Jack Ma predicted that in the future we'll work for just 3 hours a day

  • Max Halle-Podell
    Max Halle-Podell Month ago +2

    This is exactly what Andrew Yang is talking about

  • Barney Rubble
    Barney Rubble 2 months ago

    Seriously? Just wait until the robot at McDonald's starts burning the burgers : -) The topics of the Verge seem to have changed dramatically from 2012. I was hoping to find some newer videos as to the End Game of TPTB. I guess I won't find that here.

  • Kyron John
    Kyron John 2 months ago

    Wow. Our terrible Toronto traffic made it into this video at the 0:19 mark

  • Checkmate465
    Checkmate465 2 months ago

    so the answer to automation taking over all jobs is Socialism?

  • Cory Gray
    Cory Gray 2 months ago

    Dang, I was enjoy your channel until you started dropping the communist/socialism talking points. Sad. Progressive taxation and universal health care... Hmmm

    • Mike Giglio
      Mike Giglio 2 months ago

      Cory Gray Not what he said without jobs we will need a new way to disperse wealth look up a universal basic income a possible solution to a world where robots work for us

  • terra brite crafting
    terra brite crafting 2 months ago

    Watching the worst tech channel on youtube

  • Kevin Bradshaw
    Kevin Bradshaw 2 months ago

    Self driving cars are not real. Moronic!

  • Koutrintzes Dimitris
    Koutrintzes Dimitris 4 months ago

    The software will NOT EAT THE WORLD it will simply change it.When the most jobs will be replaced by automated machines they will be new jobs that we maybe not even thinking right now and that because economy doesn't work if the half population doesnt have a job , when this happend the jobs will adapt because if they dont the economy will collapse and that does not profite noone

  • Kushagra Agrawal
    Kushagra Agrawal 4 months ago

    more epsiodes please

  • ryan
    ryan 4 months ago

    shoot more film

  • Elit3Blaze
    Elit3Blaze 4 months ago

    The Verge is eating the world, and it's only the beginning.

  • PTNLemay
    PTNLemay 4 months ago

    This would be amazing, but I would be amazed if we lived to see it within our lifetimes. It would require the rich to effectively give up on the advantage that they have established for themselves.

  • Simon
    Simon 4 months ago

    Low marginal cost and high investment cost create monopolistic competition, it's 101 economic. In a capitalism system that mean concentration of power and wealth. It's not only a problem of not having job, but most peoples are going to have no power, even collectively, and yet we are pretending we are in a democracy. In my opinion the capitalism system as we know it can't survive information's automation, we will need substantial adjustment.

  • sethman75
    sethman75 4 months ago

    Communism in any form is bad. This video is a poor attempt at advocating it. Don't do it

  • ShaMana999
    ShaMana999 4 months ago

    Hilarious, the only people that automation will enrich are owners and shareholders of said companies. You can make more money with less investment ... great for them, bad for you. Having less and less jobs to perform and lower and lower wages because of the desperation factor

  • emmanuel sheshi
    emmanuel sheshi 4 months ago

    Where pessimists see a future without jobs, optimits see a future without work...
    Simply genius...

  • X-poP_pArDoN
    X-poP_pArDoN 4 months ago

    Intresting video, like!

  • Issie wizzie
    Issie wizzie 4 months ago

    We’ve become lazy because of automation .. “need an app to remind me to eat “

  • Issie wizzie
    Issie wizzie 4 months ago

    More revenue for big companies

  • Y&S FOOD!
    Y&S FOOD! 4 months ago

    Fantastic video! Right here at Y&S FOOD! we all love to uncover these types of content. We make Travel & Food shows as well, all over the world, and we are continually hoping to find inspirations and so ideas. Thank You.

  • Konstantin Kolomoisky
    Konstantin Kolomoisky 4 months ago

    It resonates with one of podcast episodes from "Planet Money" where a listener asked why Government can't print more money to pay for things. Everyone immediately jumped and sad it will raise an inflation (more money > Higher prices > need more money), but an economist sad it is not that simple. Imaging that the supply does not depends on demand, basically we can supply any demand, that means that we can print as much money as we want to buy as much as we want, because supply is not a problem. Eventually we won't need money at all. I find it fascinating and especially relevant to this video. THanks for that.

  • turbominator
    turbominator 4 months ago

    Almost all jobs will be replacable, this host too. When the wealthy don't need the poor anymore they can let them die and let robots work for them.

  • Brett
    Brett 4 months ago

    Great video showing the numerous positive broad societal impacts of automation and digitization. You had me until you could help but throw your politics in at the last second. The automation and digitization of education, housing and health care will come and gov policy could help move it faster!

  • Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs 4 months ago

    So we all need to be creative to get a job in the it

  • Ram Annepu
    Ram Annepu 4 months ago +4

    Automation and AI wont actually replace jobs but would create another set of mundane desk jobs such as training the machine learning algorithms with labeled pics and data or feeding the industrial robot with steps for the task. In short we are creating another kind of boring jobs by replacing one kind of boring jobs.
    PS: you guys forgot to mention other jobs that are created in photo editing and cloud storage software firms that are created by the rise of digital photography. Be thorough in your analysis guys.

  • David D
    David D 4 months ago

    The real question is do robots pay taxes?
    Should their be a special tax based on company / worker ratio?
    The only job I believe in the future would be if people are going to colonize out of space.
    My friends company does automation I have seen from first hand what it can do . You replace like 20 people with 2-3 machines and thats about it.
    These unemployed youth resort to drugs or end up working at mcdonals .
    Once their belt is tightened you will expect to see mass divorces, single moms . People will resort to drugs as alternative to cope up with the ME ME ME and I WANT THAT society.

  • Francis V.
    Francis V. 4 months ago +1

    My future business . Create robots and sell it to you so you can send them to work win not so much win for Mr. Robot but anyway

  • Adit Chawria
    Adit Chawria 4 months ago

    There's a notch on his head! Surely he uses apple!

  • Jaeger 101
    Jaeger 101 4 months ago

    To adapt is to survive.

  • MauM / Mauro Miceli Consigli

    Oooooh for f* sake, being against automation is absolutely stupid. Is someone against the automation of elevators that already happened decades ago? Come on.

  • British Entertainment
    British Entertainment 4 months ago +1

    It was a great video until you brought up "luxury" Communism LOL.
    Been born in a Communist country and seeing my parents work for 60$ a MONTH was NOT luxurious.

  • FatWomanCryin
    FatWomanCryin 4 months ago

    A notch is eating your hairline.

  • ZT5 Entertainment
    ZT5 Entertainment 4 months ago

    LIberal... unlike

  • Cloudless Vision
    Cloudless Vision 4 months ago

    AI will probably most likely lead to the end of the world, but in the meantime, there'll be great companies.

  • Daniele Kirylo
    Daniele Kirylo 4 months ago

    The real problem is that we have fewer richer owners and they are more powerful then ever.

  • wtf weyh
    wtf weyh 4 months ago

    If 50% of work is made automated. Then ourlives could be easier and live 50% like wallE. Humans dont need to work anymore and could do what they love to do.

  • JoeGeo Tube
    JoeGeo Tube 4 months ago

    His forehead has a notch.... Just an observation 🤔

  • Vyrkhan
    Vyrkhan 4 months ago +20

    Time to start a side business and work hard, so when automatization comes you can benefit your own business and not depend on a job that could disappear in a couple years.
    Also, automation is not only for 'blue collar jobs', but also for 'white collar jobs' even jobs on tech like developers, designers, and many others, is really crazy to watch a computer create an Instagram clone in 35minutes from 0 to 15K lines of code. D:

  • Project H
    Project H 4 months ago

    Please!! No more taxes 🙅

  • Ivan Fuentes Hagar
    Ivan Fuentes Hagar 4 months ago

    Interesting statements here! Unfortunately, no conclusions were made.

  • August Oliver
    August Oliver 4 months ago

    I like that guy. Great video. Thanks.

  • 호떡
    호떡 4 months ago +1

    worlds should be replaced by the intelligence.

  • Meldridge Reed Jr
    Meldridge Reed Jr 4 months ago

    You should read "The Accidental Superpower" and "The Absent Superpower" by Peter Weihan.

  • Reyhan Pradantyo
    Reyhan Pradantyo 4 months ago

    Notches, notches everywhere

  • XerosXIII
    XerosXIII 4 months ago

    Cheaper cost of living? Hey, remember the pre-internet where the optimist said we will do less work with computers around?
    Work is still work as I see it, you need to work for your paycheck

  • Matt Howell
    Matt Howell 4 months ago

    so when one of these trucks hits my car, im gonna sue them for hit and run

  • Jerome Alday
    Jerome Alday 4 months ago

    People will make new jobs of course.

  • Mr. John
    Mr. John 4 months ago

    My brother and I are already brainstorming what sorts of jobs be left and jobs are going to be created when everything will be automated. I don't want to get jobless you know.

  • Ant_TonyLOL KID
    Ant_TonyLOL KID 4 months ago

    Finally, I'm not the only one that thinks this way,
    But the only problem is getting to that automated future where everything is free (i would want to believe - maybe humans will be allowed to do work whenever they want to, and if they are good at it. maybe by that time, work becomes like how we think jobs are supposed to be - something you love to do - i.e. your job is your hobby -- so, jobs that need human touch or within the entertainment industry will be within demand)

  • Zak Sommerfield
    Zak Sommerfield 4 months ago


  • chinito77
    chinito77 4 months ago

    People need to get smarter and stop taking useless college courses. Even better, the government should make people fill in roles that are needed. No one is entitled a job yet disposable people do nothing but complain about who much they hate their job.

  • Phil Ad
    Phil Ad 4 months ago +2

    It cost a lot to make software. Now, to scale that software to many users/customers, you have to scale your infrastructure (server, load-balancers, etc.) Infrastructure cost a fair bit

  • hystErick
    hystErick 4 months ago

    This brought no new information to the table.

  • Mr XYZ
    Mr XYZ 4 months ago

    4 mins wasted. Video about nothing.

  • Jackie Scholl
    Jackie Scholl 4 months ago

    Technological impovements have been reducing the need for human labor for centuries. Economists regularly analyze the labor productivity growth rate, and it turns out that over the past couple of decades, it hasn't sped up with computerization - it's actually slowed down!
    The changes we're seeing today are not fundamentally different from the changes we were seeing 50 or 100 or 200 years ago. Since the industrial revolution, livings standards have raised dramatically, but we haven't stopped working - actually, we spend more hours per week working now than we did in the 1800's.

  • Muffinfordinner
    Muffinfordinner 4 months ago

    "Pessimists sees a future without jobs, optimists see a future without work."
    They're both wrong. In fact, there is no evidence that technological advancement leads to fewer jobs. If this was true, than we would have already seen this effect like 50 years ago! New jobs are still being created at a higher rate than they are being lost to automation.
    Why is this the case? Because as standards of livings rise, people's expectations for standard of living also go up, so more and more work is required to maintain them and push them up.

    • Lucasplz
      Lucasplz 7 days ago

      Finally some common sense

  • Phil G.
    Phil G. 4 months ago

    The masses are not ready for this. Just what the world needs a bunch of testosterone young men with nothing to do! And btw, who is going to decide what a "basic" income is? This is Bullsh**

  • Andrew Theodore
    Andrew Theodore 4 months ago

    Software is zero marginal cost - not machines nimrod. Machines can actually be _more_ expensive than 3rd world labor depending on the task. As for the truckers being replaced, I seriously doubt that will come to full fruition. You see you carry over a million dollars worth of cargo across the US you will want to have someone sitting next to it. A computer can be easily tricked, hacked, or even hi-jacked(by the truckers who lost their job).

  • Charlie H
    Charlie H 4 months ago +1

    It wouldn't be a Bigger Picture video without Daddy Vox's progressive tax agenda plug

  • Arun_c03
    Arun_c03 4 months ago

    People pay for healthcare, sorry in british so I wouldn’t know

    • maurice o
      maurice o 4 months ago

      As if taxes in the UK don't exist...

  • Snabbe_Fabbe
    Snabbe_Fabbe 4 months ago

    How can we tax companies in this way when governments are competing for jobs through the lowering of corporate taxes?

  • Snabbe_Fabbe
    Snabbe_Fabbe 4 months ago

    Don't worry global warming will create new jobs

  • Lukas T
    Lukas T 4 months ago

    It doesn't matter if we think it's bad or good. It's progress. Progress has and will always be present in humanity. It only matters what we make of it. The more negative we approach it, the more negative of an effect it has on is. Yes, it really is as simple as that. We have to educate ourselves as much as possible to then implement necessary laws and stuff.
    It's mindblowing how people never see just HOW MANY jobs our latest progress in tech (last 20 years) has created, whereas a smaller fraction has been eliminated. Yes, things will adjust, but most models show it will be equal.
    Either way, we have far more pressing problems in the world.

    • Bugler55
      Bugler55 4 months ago

      Your poor simple-minded lackey.

  • Adrian Wasawo
    Adrian Wasawo 4 months ago

    Get advice from Alduin about world eating

  • Jaqen
    Jaqen 4 months ago +7

    Good luck convincing the richest people around the world to reinvest the fruits of technology, and the concentrated wealth it provides, into systems that don't ultimately benefit them directly. We'd need governments strong enough to enforce some form of reasonable wealth redistribution yet the rich have gotten increasingly good at working the levers of political power. As optimistic as I like to be about the benefits of technology, I have trouble seeing how we can disseminate those benefits to the majority of people with some kind of great upheaval that puts the whole thing at risk.

  • Mark Hancock
    Mark Hancock 4 months ago +1

    "First we have to admit we have a problem" - seems like you have a bit of a bias

  • Ich
    Ich 4 months ago

    Well, automation can be nice but we would need an unconditional basic income.

  • Guus van der Werf
    Guus van der Werf 4 months ago +8

    The value of money and labour will change. Either we force ourselves to hamburger jobs, forced education, artwork and nursery. Or we will get a lot of spare time while our life expectancy expands. And the first and last question will have to be answered. Why are we conscious and does the universe have any meaning? And are we willing to face this question? Or do we avoid it and find ourselves just an occupation. Humanity not just a human will have to move up the Maslow scale. FAST!!

  • Nisco Racing
    Nisco Racing 4 months ago +3

    This is good, work is for robot's.
    Living life is for humans!
    The sooner we get to 4 working days and 3 free days the better!

  • NighteeeY
    NighteeeY 4 months ago

    this video is 10 minutes too short.

  • j r
    j r 4 months ago +10

    Verge your bias Is showing...

  • Between the Panels
    Between the Panels 4 months ago

    Basic universal income.

  • Koji Ed Miyazaki
    Koji Ed Miyazaki 4 months ago

    I’m not a pessimist, but are business owners going to keep employees and make work days from 5 to 4? Definitely not. Even if they did, the compensation of employees will decrease, so the wealth disparity will increase

  • GG27
    GG27 4 months ago

    Question, what is the truck driver going to do when they have no other skill sets but driving a truck and they lose their job to automation?

  • Lashan
    Lashan 4 months ago +52

    Kodak didn't die because of smartphones, it's pretty obvious from your graph. It died because of the digital photography revolution.

    • hzuiel
      hzuiel 2 months ago

      Kodak got into digital photography, but smart phones largely killed that too, and while other tech companies had tons of other products to fall back on with declining digital camera sales, kodak did not.

    • intrnl
      intrnl 4 months ago +1

      Instagram is one proof of digital photography revolution. The easiness of capturing the outside world and sharing that experience to others, that's something digital photography can only do. It still proves the point.

    • lessemo
      lessemo 4 months ago

      Yep, Lashan is right, also there are many jobs that are not taken into account, camera makers for different companies, software engineers that are not in instagram, ect

    • Mitra B
      Mitra B 4 months ago

      @lashan I saw u commenting every where lol 😂😂

    • Zain A
      Zain A 4 months ago +10

      That still proves the point he was trying to make.

  • born2burn1
    born2burn1 4 months ago

    I'm having a hard time believing any of that with the epitome of capitalism - an apple device.

  • Victor Spoils
    Victor Spoils 4 months ago

    Worksharing, 4 hour workdays, obsolescence pay, etc. Alvin Toffler was talking about these issues many years ago. Full employment with less work and happier people is possible if we get our heads out of the dark ages.

  • TXMXIcanDUde
    TXMXIcanDUde 4 months ago

    Automation not immigrants taking your jobs

  • rajesh maurya
    rajesh maurya 4 months ago

    People mourning Kodak job loss.....Just think how many jobs digital camera created ......of all those youtubers...professional webcam strippers😌

  • Sullivan Wang
    Sullivan Wang 4 months ago

    This is probably the most annoying host I’ve ever seen.

  • alankrit mittal
    alankrit mittal 4 months ago +3

    okay , so this video just give me no new information at all.

  • Anish v Bhat
    Anish v Bhat 4 months ago

    This video really useful.

  • madhu sai
    madhu sai 4 months ago

    So,Will I be in a CPU?

  • mac berry
    mac berry 4 months ago

    I think people in charge overestimate the power of automation. Nobody really talks about pieces needed to automate so many, these just keep saying people are working on it. The biggest threat is that chips have already stopped getting faster and the software is very weak in some areas

  • Justin Chavarria
    Justin Chavarria 4 months ago

    I was with you until ubi and communism was your future vision... and now I'm unsubscribing

  • Sirui Gu
    Sirui Gu 4 months ago

    Automated business will only replace low level jobs

  • NPixel89
    NPixel89 4 months ago

    He has a notch on his head lmao, iPhone dedication much?

  • Des
    Des 4 months ago

    Informative, thanks RB

  • cinilaknedalm
    cinilaknedalm 4 months ago

    Why is this news? Automation has been killing jobs since the beginning of industrial revolution in the 19th century, and there's an ongoing revolt against it since. Get your facts straight.

  • cinilaknedalm
    cinilaknedalm 4 months ago +3

    "you can add new users without spending more money" and facebook server is still run on a single core CPU xD

  • cinilaknedalm
    cinilaknedalm 4 months ago

    eating = saving

  • M M
    M M 4 months ago +9

    Adding users and revenue for no cost. Users that are out of a job ? How are they going to pay for said revenue ? Condescending berk