It’s time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Real Fact: “47 percent of total U.S. employees have a high risk of being displaced by technology, and 19 percent have a medium risk” according to a recent article in Wired. Perhaps this vision of the year 2000 from the early 20th century isn’t too far off.

Throwback Thursday Visions of a Robot Workforce
Visions of a Robot Workforce (France in 2000)

From the fabulous Public Domain Review:

France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris

Happening Today: Humans Increasingly Replaced by Robots in the Workplace

Chef Robots
Chef Robots

Robots still cost more than the average Chinese worker, although they can work round the clock and do not have issues with management. These chef robots make noodles. (Photo/CNS. Full Article Here.)

The above robots, currently in use, make noodles. Companies like Foxconn plan to automate 50% of their workforce by 2015. Next year. (Source.)

The Present Robot Workforce as Viewed Through Twitter

Previous Installments of #TBT Re-Imagined

 

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