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As the capabilities of robots and AI continues to grow, a leading scientist has warned that the machine takeover will lead mankind into a 'hellish dystopia'.
Dr Subhash Kak, a computing expert at Oklahoma University, says employment provides people with a sense of self-worth and value.
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He believes this self-worth will be lost as robots take control, leading humans into a life of 'meaningless' misery.
He claims the US opioid addiction and the rise of extremist groups are an early omen of a dystopian future.
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Dr Kak, a professor of electrical and computer engineering told the Daily Star Online: 'The beginnings of the dystopia are already there.
'There will be massive unemployment. People want to be useful and work provides meaning, and so the world will sink into despair.'
This is already hapenning, he said.
A report last year claimed that 800 million workers could be replaced by machines by 2030.
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Dr Kak said: 'Policy makers have begun to speak of a minimum guaranteed income with everyone provided food, shelter, and a smart phone, and that will not address the heart of the problem.
'In my view, the current opioid and drug epidemic in the US is a manifestation of this despair.
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'Likewise, phenomena such as ISIS are a response to the meaninglessness that people find in a world devoted only to the cult of the body,' said Dr Kak.
In November, management consultancy firm, McKinsey, published areport called 'Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation'.
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The report focused on the amount of jobs that would be lost to automation, and what professions were most at risk.
Talking about the continued evolution of AI, Dr Kak said: 'Some say that current phase of automation will create new kinds of jobs that we cannot even think of.
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