MAD magazine exclusive: "The Future of Job Automation"


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/08/mad-magazine-exclusive-the.html


#2

Looks cartoonish to me.


#3

“embiggen” you say? Why yes I will have a peek!


#4

Sounds about right.


#5

Glad to see RBG’s still serving in 2032.


#6

Why everyone is thinking that in future robots will somehow make our life worst. Everyone is always thinking about anti-utopia but I somehow think that this is not right. Our life will become much easier and interesting if we exclude human factor (I mean rude, unpolite and basically mean people that we contact on daily basis, like when we go shopping or in the restaurant)


#7

With lame attempts at humor like that, it’s a wonder Mad survives.

Was that cartoon inked by guys in their 80s? You have to understand something to successfully satirize it, and whoever wrote that knows nothing about automation. How is that possible? They probably don’t have a smart phone, or a car less than 15 years old.


#8

Nine ways of rendering an SVG surely come out much better in 12000lpi print. Creative, fun, inspiring, Party-endorsed ways to do the things that aren’t being done, all automated in a raging critical tumult of scalable vectors.


#9

I didn’t know MAD was still publishing physical copies. My kids devour the old magazines that I still have from the 90s. I may need to subscribe…


#10

Were there any jokes in there? All I saw were completely dead-on-arrival lines like “The Honorable Judge JusticeBot X-9000 is appointed to the Supreme Court.”


#11

I approve of this message.


#12

I keep reading that as The Honorable Judge JuiceBox X-9K…


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Was that cartoon inked by guys in their 80s? You have to understand something to successfully satirize it, and whoever wrote that knows nothing about automation. How is that possible? They probably don’t have a smart phone, or a car less than 15 years old.

Joke’s on you – I’m seventy-eight years young. And I know a lot about automation; I’ve seen Cars 1, 2 AND 3.


#15

I’m sorry. Do…do you need a hug?


#16

I don’t think it’s really about automation, though. It’s about people! To me it’s at least partly about people’s misconceptions and cluelessness today about what the future really will hold. And how most of us can only think of the future in terms of what we know now.

And I think that a good part of the humor there is in a shared acknowledgement of the daily frustrations we have now—smashed packages, poor customer service, raising kids, stupid entertainment, employment concerns, worry about what kind of people are on the Supreme Court…I see a “the more things change, the more things stay the same” vibe to it. And more specifically, “S.N.A.F.U.” will likely always be with us.

Also, to me it brings out the fact that the future doesn’t suddenly happen overnight, and then everything’s completely different…rather, we live, and have always lived, with the New overlapped onto and bumping up with the Old. It’s rarely a seamless replacement.

So again, I think it’s not so much about automation, it’s about us. I’ll even go out on a limb to say—as is all art, in one way or another.


#17

I really like your avatar.

Heh, I knew it reminded me of something!

Illustrator / Cartoonist / Sourpuss / Art Director, Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers

(emphasis mine)

Very nice :smiley:

And welcome to the bbs!


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