33 thoughts on “Stephen Hawking’s final Reddit comment. Which was guilded. All the win. RIP good sir.

  1. SenorBeef March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    In a sane society, we would be celebrating the “loss” of jobs. It just means that we can maintain a good quality of life without having to work for it – an unambiguous win. This is what society should strive for.

    So when people rail against the robots/AI taking our jobs, they’re misguided. We shouldn’t maintain these jobs just to give people busywork if they’re not needed. Instead, what people should be rallying against is creating a society where the wealth created by this automation goes only to the ownership class. Our technology can and should be used to make life better for the average peron. We need to rethink our relationship with ownership, wealth, and productivity, but if we do, it will lead to the closest thing humanity has ever had to utopia.

  2. Chadsavant March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    That comment is super scary though. I think he was right, I don’t see the public mindset shifting towards sharing wealth any time soon. People seem to think even social programs are “handouts” it’s a scary path we’re on. Instead everyone is convinced hoarding wealth at the top is fair because those people have “earned” it.

  3. Randolm March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    >Answer: If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.

    Seems worthy of consideration when choosing our future leaders.

  4. zuperpretty March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm


    Directly disrespectful

  5. Wb14245 March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    People going everywhere for that karma.

  6. Sumit316 March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

    I hope we are prepared for it.

  7. mdperino March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I think this is the Reddit equivalent of virtue signaling.

  8. ecnad March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    It’s inappropriate and petty, but… the word is spelled “gilded.”

    Regardless, the man was absolutely spot on with his insight. Hopefully the world trends towards the precedents set by the countries in the world that put a strong emphasis on strong social welfare and affordable access to healthcare, education, and security. Being American can cast a shadow on any kind of yearning for such a world, but I’d like to err on the side of optimism in hoping that we move more towards a society for the most disenfranchised among us rather than one that’s tailored towards those with wealth and power.

    We lost a great man today. Rest in peace.

  9. Mercury___Rising March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    How many of the biggest minds of our century and the last will have to speak in favor of socialism before people stop seeing it as a scary word?

  10. friedzombie456 March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    This is why UBI is such a pipe dream. Millenials and Gen Z will be lucky to even have SSI due to inflation IMO.

  11. SmokeyBare March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Simple solution. Ban lobbying. Government should focus on peoples’ needs, not special interests’.

  12. bootymagnet March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Another scientist to add to the socialist struggle (Einstein being another prominent one) 🙂

  13. SuperSubwoofer March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Really wish Reddit mobile would let me CLICK LINKS.

  14. PrimeIntellect March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I don’t know how that comment is “all the win” he basically said robots will create a new level of inequality and the ruling class will become even more powerful

  15. malaysianzombie March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I like to think Hawkings might have had an alt somewhere and he just shitposts and makes puns like the rest of us. Maybe he mightve put out a HQG or even wrote an original joke recently and we’re all none the wiser. RIP dear science man.

  16. XHF March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Hiring machines is significantly cheaper than people, so large corporations will have to continue to hire less and less in order to stay successful. Our free market is failing, do we turn to socialism next?

  17. rosyatrandom March 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I know it’s technically what he was responding *to*, but I absolutely love that his last post begins:

    > I’m rather late […]

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