Deus Ex Envisioned the Diminishing Economic Value of Humanity
In Deus Ex’s dystopian world, humanity’s decline coincides with the ascendancy of automatons, labeled the game’s “apocalyptic change.” In an interview with Kotaku, lead writer Sheldon Pacotti delves into the pressing concern of diminishing human economic value. He highlights the erosion of the middle class due to the growing influx of automation, rendering human intelligence, labor, and exertion inadequate in a shifting landscape. Notably, Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence, not only outshines human contestants in Jeopardy but also aids businesses in crafting strategies to engage their audiences effectively. As machines continue to excel, the question lingers: will humans eventually fade into insignificance, or will they find a way to endure and thrive amidst this technological transformation?