He speaks three languages and smiles all the time. Another actroid is taking your luggage to your room, which was cleaned earlier today by another actroid. In the kitchen yet more actroids are preparing the food for dinner. In the unlikely event that an actroid malfunctions there is a human manager - the human in the loop that means there is no chance of the actroids making entirely autonomous decisions. The Terminator films really were useful public service broadcasts and manufacturers ensure that there is a limit on AI.
Of course holidays aren't what they used to be. In fact there isn't really such a thing anymore. But work is not what it used to be either - no need to escape the office. You only really use your office as a social network now. And that's an actual social network not a virtual one because there is no need for you to communicate with your colleagues in person for professional purposes anymore, it's just for a coffee and a chat.
There is talk of the government having to put in place job quotas - reserving certain roles such as childcare for human workers. Robots will soon be doing pretty much everything. If the insurance companies would only change their stance on liability for accidents involving self driving cars then Industrial Revolution 4.0 (following revolutions in industrialisation, electrification and digitalisation) would be complete.
Smart factories abound. Robotic workforces don't need pay or holidays, they don't strike, they don't have children or become unwell. Goods and services can be supplied more cheaply than ever before and sweat shops and child labour are a thing of the past. Thankfully MEP Mady Delvaux thought to suggest to the EU parliament in 2016 that it would be a good idea to tax businesses on their use of robots and AI otherwise the state welfare system would have collapsed - and with unemployment running at 75% it's essential…….
Is this what the future holds for us? Some of it is, but a lot of it is here already. It is already possible to holiday in the Henn-na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan where the aim is to have 90% of jobs done by robots - some of which have "human likeness". MEP Delvaux has suggested taxing businesses on their use of robots, and self driving cars are starting to appear.
There is already a 120 page report created by the International Bar Association ("Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and their Impact on the Workplace") which identifies "Industrial Revolution 4.0" and the potentially negative as well as positive results. It suggests that soon one third of all graduate jobs worldwide will be replaced by machines, with accountants, court clerks, desk officers at financial institutions and similar roles likely to be the first to be hit.
In addition to this, recent research by thinktank IPPR Scotland has found that 46% of jobs in Scotland (about 1.2 million) are at "high risk" of automation in the period up to 2030 - Scotland skills 2030: The future of work and the skills system in Scotland.
When we already have problems with pay gaps and inequality in the workplace what will happen as the robot workforce increases? The recently published Work and Pensions Committee report on the gig economy has highlighted how present employment protections are not keeping pace with the changing nature of the work, much of which has been pushed by technological advances. While a Terminator style rise of the machines might be the stuff of fantasy, greater use of technology and robotics is inevitable and that will bring a whole new set of challenges for organisations, their workers and for the legislature in their attempts to keep up with the pace of change.