Forum: Liquid Lounge
Answer: Agreed. Completely implied in what I said, as was the fact that *SOME* would opt otherwise.
You said: the production of a fully prepared (educated) American human (birth to adulthood independence) to nearly a million dollars.
Answer: That is the MAINTENANCE cost, not the production cost, which is a few minutes of activity (and a few months of morning sickness).
You said: I think robots tend to be more reliable, precise, productive and do break down less, miss less days than humans.
Answer: Over what lifespan? Show me the machine which has as long a usable lifespan with as low a maintenance cost to the COMPANY. (Most of the maintenance costs of a human are borne by that human, not directly by their employer.)
You said: They (robots) can also work 24 hours a day without complaining, no expensive benefits needed either.
Answer: Well, 'benefits' are not a fixed or guaranteed cost of labor. They are something which has been negotiated for, something we have become accustomed to across the 20th century, but are not inherent in all human labor. If I hire the neighbor kid to mow my lawn, I do not pay health insurance, sick days, retirement plans, etc. If I contract with any other independent business person, same thing applies. They are on their own to plan for those items for themselves. Yes, it is wonderful if/when we can gain all manner of 'benefits' and displace those expenses onto our employers, but it is not inherent in the human labor equation. If employers did not have to provide such benefits, they could provide higher wages, leaving the individual responsible to use that 'extra income' to cover those extra personal expenses.