Robotics should be the future for the next president, says Mark Cuban.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants his best buddy, president-elect Donald Trump, to look towards the future and reallocate $100 billion from his proposed $1 trillion infrastructure investments towards robotics.
Dear Mr President , My Suggestion for Infrastructure Spending: I happen to be a fan of the… https://t.co/HdbaE9CY4B
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) December 19, 2016
In a blog post, the entrepeneur, investor and Shark Tank personality stressed the importance of funding robotics, saying if the investment isn’t made, the United States will have to rely on other countries for services.
“We have to face the fact that countries are going to lose jobs to robotics,” Cuban wrote. “The only question that needs to be answered is which country will create and own the best robotic technology and have the infrastructure necessary to enable it.”
Cuban must have really enjoyed K-2SO in Rogue One. (So funny and violent!) A $100 billion investment would be unprecedented. Outgoing POTUS Barack Obama invested $70 million in advancing robotics research. China reportedly spent $3 billion on robotic investments.
It’s highly doubtful that Trump will follow the words written by his adversary, but Cuban’s suggestion would lead to some miraculous technological advancements. Think about it, with $100 billion spent on robotics, perhaps a real-life version of Westworld isn’t too far away. It could provide some serious return on investment. Visiting Westworld (according to numbers mentioned on the show) costs $40,000 a day. So spending serious dough on the project would bring some serious coin back. As long as there’s no android uprising, it’s a great way to spend some money.
Seriously, though, Cuban’s suggestion would open the door for numerous technological advancements. But it’s also a pipe dream. It’s a great idea in theory, but suddenly redirecting $100 billion into robotics, which barely received $100 million during Obama’s eight years in office, won’t happen. Unless Trump is firmly invested in robotics and we don’t know it, Cuban’s wish seems extremely doubtful to ever reach fruition.