This single still is from the widescreen version of ?The Second Renaissance?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material.
This simple image holds so much power, and so much crushing believability. As robot made goods continue to undercut other goods, eventually it reaches the stage where goods made without the use of robots, cannot compete.
We saw foreshadowing of this in the 1980s with factory ?robots? that admittedly were nothing more than brainless waldoes operating from a central computer. However, we are starting to see it again as manufacturing robots increase in complexity.
It will reach a point not so far away, where any country that does for whatever reason, banish advanced AI from assuming jobs once held by humans, will quickly find its credit spiralling downhill as goods elsewhere, made by robots, continue to undercut. If that AI is also allowed to design new products and refine old ones, then not only will non-mechanical products be more expensive, they will have inferior capabilities as well.
The net result becomes an unsustainable economy, and a dive into depression for those unwilling to use artificial workers.
Link: The Second Renaissance: Part 1
Link: The Second Renaissance: Part 2