March 21st, 2014
04:30 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Will robots take our jobs? And the rise of 'ultimate human performance'

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this Sunday: Will robots take over the world? Probably not. But computers might take your job. Fareed looks at the remarkable growth in computer processing power – and why the human factor could remain indispensable.

And, pushing the limits of what used to be possible – Why are world athletic records being broken on a regular basis? Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman:  Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, offers his take.

“In extreme sports, something astounding has happened in the past 25 years,” Kotler says. “There's been nearly exponential growth in ultimate human performance.  Nothing like that has ever happened before in history.  So these guys give us a phenomenal case study for looking at flow. And the level of performance has gone up so much, we know that these athletes have to be in flow to perform. If they're not, as a general rule, they're ending up in the hospital or dead.”

Finally, what happens to the Union Jack if Scotland secedes?  We'll show you some of the options.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    I think we've had a good idea this would happen ever since the Jetsons cartoon havent we? And there is an awful lot of robotics in the manufacturing sector! For example once it was humans that hand soldered components on circuit boards. Now they have surface mount conveyors that do the work of hundreds. Its the nature of the beast, so to speak.

    March 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
  2. Ferhat Balkan

    I'm optimistic about our technological future. Sure, some automated systems have taken over traditional jobs at the factory, but people are now more educated with more diverse jobs. A high school diploma is no longer the norm. As well, it should be that way. We need to embrace technological progress and science. Technology and Science will help us survive the future.

    March 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm |
  3. ✠RZ✠

    It is mind boggling to consider the amount of human work (let's say our GDP) that has been replaced/provided by machines, automation, etc, over the past 50 to 60 years. However, the expansion/profitability enjoyed by the corporate sector as a result has more or less come at the expense of decreased human labor. Yes, this sounds great if you're a successful lazy fat cat, but not so much if you're unemployed, starving, and desperately looking for work. But another significant consideration is taxation. Generally, we all think we know enough about it, but I have often said "machines don't pay taxes, humans do!" And historically, the bulk of federal taxation revenues comes from personal income taxes, not corporations, and certainly none from machines. Imagine for a moment if it was possible to have only 1 person needed to run a massive computer system that in turn ran 100% of our services, production, etc. Although it would likely be a very good paying position, the personal income taxes derived from this one job would certainly not be enough to adequately fund our government. This imaginary scenario merely points out that the system of taxing human labour is outdated/inadequate and will never allow for governments to sustain a balanced budget... just increased deficits and increased tax burden on the remaining human labour force.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:51 am |
  4. chrissy

    Lol and yet we keep voting in the same tired lazy bunch of GOTP obstructionists who refuse to raise taxes on the top 1% that in reality is more like 2% when you include that overpaid, underworked bunch!

    March 22, 2014 at 6:28 am |
  5. chrissy

    And @ Ferhat, technology and the education in it dont mean squat when these corporations can have cheap child and or slave labor build their products and they can pay even less taxes on top of less labor costs. The tax rate HAS to be revisited and of course it HAS to be different percentage wise depending on income! Only a fool would think it wouldnt!

    March 22, 2014 at 6:35 am |
  6. chrissy

    And dont think for one second that the people/children employed or forced to work in these other countries on the manufacturing for US companies even HAVE a high school education! Many have NEVER been to school at all!!!!!

    March 22, 2014 at 6:39 am |
  7. Joseph McCarthy

    You people here seem to forget what's going on in Detroit. The main reason that city had gone bankrupt is because so many workers there lost their jobs to automation and that in turn cut deeply into the city's revenue. So to you idiots who think that robotics is a good thing, think again!

    March 22, 2014 at 8:53 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Yes, McCarthy, technology and wisdom can be readily twisted by human nature. Harnessing "nukular" energy for example has certainly provided a tremendous amount of wonderful electricity, but also some pretty devastating bombs, massive military hardware, and some very nasty accidents. The universe is awesome and are our capabilities are spectacular, but our nature and thinking as humans is seriously flawed.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:29 am |
  8. chrissy

    Not that i want to diminish what you have said @ Joseph but the main reason this city has gone bankrupt is because politicians have abused Detroit for years!

    March 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
  9. chrissy

    And now the ones that are paying the most for this are those that put their lives on the line everyday to protect the people there. Retired cops, firemen, emt's etc...have lost their pensions. They are too old to have a do over and dont qualify for Social Security as are most other civil workers.

    March 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
  10. noaa414243

    On GPS: Interesting to hear Tim Hatford ("The Undercover Economist) speak about the "baby sitting co-op to describe how the Fed prints money (Krugman also used this device). Too bad Fareed didn't use his previous segment on compounding (doubling) one kernel of rice on a chess board for each chess piece square (several quadrillion rice kernels). If Fareed had made the connection he could have spoke about how the Fed has compounded America's debt with its money printing cabal.

    March 23, 2014 at 11:36 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Sometimes you gotta give a journalist like Fareed credit for bringing us an important article for what it is and for NOT slamming down his own two cents. We all know WHO he works for and it's can be a fine line that must towed in order to keep both his bosses and the global public somewhat appeased.

      March 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
  11. Maralyn Franklin

    Why am I unable to see Fareed Zakaria GPS today , March 23 10:00 AM PT? It is not on.

    March 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm |
  12. Joseph Blumstein

    I am so sick and tired of CNN pre-empting the GPS broadcast a 1 PM ET for a rehash of of some event when there is NO SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL NEWS DEVELOPMENT. Fareed, you need find a better home on TV. When does your contract expire?

    March 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm |
    • Adam G

      I totally agree. It's getting ridiculous. Fareed, please ditch this so-called "news" channel.

      March 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        Someone like Fareed must already have given some serious consideration to going rogue. The "Zakaria Zone" sounds good to me too. But when you've got inside connections and major exposure through the likes of CNN, Time, the CFR, etc, it's not something that should be simply brushed off on account of a little push and shove here and there. It's evident enough to everyone that the brass at CNN would sooner put actors like Cooper, Morgan, and Amanpour above the likes of Zakaria. Gee, I wonder why?

        March 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
  13. Joseph E. Fiorile

    I wholeheartedly agree with the commenters who express outrage over CNN usurping the show...GPS is a global public affairs program (the best there is) not an extension of the news broadcasts...beside' when world emergencies have required interruptions, Fareed has handled those situations better than the news staff ever could...I agree that it's time to find a new place for the show...

    March 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
  14. Name*larry

    Stop cancelling GPS !!!! I-DOTS. What do I have to do, put on fox !

    March 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm |
  15. chrissy

    Havin a troll meltdown Joseph? Lol i knew it was only a matter of time.

    March 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Wes Morgan

    GPS has been bumped two weeks running for this missing plane story, and it was getting old LAST week. Another Sunday of the same old speculations is hardly "news". Fareed is the only person on CNN who does any real investigative reporting these days, and the only one who addresses challenging subject matter without bias.


    March 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
  17. chrissy

    Now Wes you KNOW they dont wanta admit that plane was abducted by aliens c'mon!

    March 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
  18. chrissy

    Oh wait i forgot, one of the reporters said it was abducted by God! That was said on the O'Rielly show last nite.

    March 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
  19. David

    The program is excellent. I would suggest to deal with topics of Latin America, for instance Argentina. I'm a professional of this country living in US and I can contribute with information and data to understand one of the most important countries in South America.
    By the way, Obama is going to visit Argentina in March.
    Congratulations Fared for the level of your program. It's a pleasure and a privilege to count on journalist like you.

    Best Regards

    David Rosman

    February 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm |

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