Stephen Hawking's final Reddit comment. Which was guilded. All the win. RIP good sir.

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14 Mar 2018 13:12 - +2685
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.
14 Mar 2018 15:03 - +1721
14 Mar 2018 15:15 - +737
/r/titlegore Directly disrespectful
14 Mar 2018 14:21 - +359
14 Mar 2018 13:37 - +356
>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.
14 Mar 2018 14:41 - +353
14 Mar 2018 15:21 - +242
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.
14 Mar 2018 15:21 - +119
14 Mar 2018 15:13 - +113
14 Mar 2018 15:16 - +96
People going everywhere for that karma.
14 Mar 2018 14:59 - +78
14 Mar 2018 15:40 - +70
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?
14 Mar 2018 15:16 - +51
I think this is the Reddit equivalent of virtue signaling.
14 Mar 2018 13:57 - +45
Simple solution. Ban lobbying. Government should focus on peoples' needs, not special interests'.
14 Mar 2018 15:00 - +44
Another scientist to add to the socialist struggle (Einstein being another prominent one) :)
14 Mar 2018 14:49 - +29
"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.
14 Mar 2018 18:29 - +26
14 Mar 2018 14:59 - +22
Stephen Hawking is a socialist. Confirmed.
14 Mar 2018 13:51 - +20
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?
14 Mar 2018 18:41 - +17
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.
14 Mar 2018 15:39 - +14
14 Mar 2018 15:19 - +11
He's absolutely right, it should be no coincidence that his final words were an ominous foreshadowing of potential future. I've been beating this dead horse for over 10 years now on Reddit that the next 10-25 years are going to be a critical juncture for human society because with the exponential increase in technology it will ultimately result in a quantum leap for society. As [CGP has already talked about](, this isn't a horse-cart type of scenario, we dramatically have to re-define what a job means as we go deeper in the 21st century. Absolutely none of our elected officials have any inkling what is about to transpire in the coming decades. They're entirely focused on election cycles, quarterly reports, and forever their coffers for their own self interests. Both Democrats and Republicans are culpable so this is far beyond politics anymore. And sadly, I would have to lump my generation of 30 somethings and older as individuals who too far beyond redemption in terms of changing society for the better. It's going to require the next generation of youth who will be dealt with the blowback their parents and grandparnets laid out before them who will ultimately decide our fate. I've done my best up to this point to try and educate as many people I can and that plausible scenarios being unfolded before our eyes, and while I've been idle for the past two years, I need to get back in the game and fight the ignorant and uninformed ideas with better ideas because I'm intimately aware the current war isn't being fought on the streets, but right here on the internet. And it's a battle for control of our minds. All I can do for now is hopefully inspire the next generation after me to find some wisdom in these words and implement change for humanity without full scale civil war and violence ensuing. But unfortunately every scenario I've plotted out in my head ultimately ends to that inescapable conclusion because if history has taught me one consistent thing: the rich and powerful never relinquish control willingly. However, it does give me small hope the teachers of West Virginia finally stepping up to the system because that is exactly what it's going to take to get the attention of the plutocrats. In a perfect world we would be transitioning to a Gene Roddenberry Star Trek scenario, but as Stephen had already alluded to, we're quickly diverging into the Elysium one and that terrifies me more than death itself. But alas, I'll be cooking up more ideas in the meantime muchacholitos.
14 Mar 2018 20:45 - +9
All the win? good sir? Seriously?
14 Mar 2018 15:14 - +6
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.
14 Mar 2018 17:08 - +5
I think he's advocating some sort of socialism. A solution would be basic income if we come to the point where there is massive unemployment. But I doubt that would be the case I feel like technology have created more jobs than kill jobs. Internet may have kill quite a few stuff like brick and mortar video rental, book stores, etc... but it have created tons of jobs (programmers, ITs, graphic designers, etc..).
14 Mar 2018 16:08 - +5
14 Mar 2018 17:11 - +5
Imagine if it was some fucked up racist comment in T_D
14 Mar 2018 19:08 - +4
Steve used the terminator as his picture? My man!
14 Mar 2018 21:18 - +4
What a fucking cringe post title. Christ...
14 Mar 2018 19:05 - +3
I used to super enthusiastic about the idea of nuclear fusion, now i'm not so sure for this reason. After spending billions and billions of public money (from many different countries), if we finally crack it-then we'll just hand the secret over to which ever asshole happens to have enough cash on hand/credit to build his own reactor. A few people will get grotesquely rich, not much will change for everyone else
14 Mar 2018 18:57 - +3
I love the guy who replies "No. Technology also creates new jobs. It's been **proven** to create more jobs than it eliminates." r/iamverysmart er than Stephen Hawking.
14 Mar 2018 17:38 - +3
My favourite: Stephen Hawking makes an exaggerated self deprecating joke, and gets lectured to by a triggered SJW looking for a personal crusade. NO ONE IS SAFE!
14 Mar 2018 21:11 - +3
Really wish Reddit mobile would let me CLICK LINKS.
14 Mar 2018 18:17 - +2
I know it's technically what he was responding *to*, but I absolutely love that his last post begins: > I'm rather late [...]
14 Mar 2018 20:49 - +2
So you're telling me he died shortly after making that comment? Suspicious.
14 Mar 2018 16:10 - +2
14 Mar 2018 14:36 - +2
Steering in the doctor with less captains. He was needed.
14 Mar 2018 19:52 - +2
This is why UBI is such a pipe dream. Millenials and Gen Z will be lucky to even have SSI due to inflation IMO.

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