Hawt Sommer wrote:
Victor. wrote:We live in a fucked up world when people dread new technologies taking care of some of the most repetitive, mindnumbingly boring and unfulfilling jobs a human being could possibly be forced to dredge in.
If we weren't so absurdly, blindly loyal to economic growth, we'd probably quite embrace such a scenario and all the benefits that come with it.
I don't dread them, but I think preparation or some kind of direction/action from governments/ businesses should be considered.
Population keeps growing/ Food needs to be put on the table. We live in a society that still relies on an economy to feed everyone.
What needs to change? The economy itself? Our way of thinking? Our way of life?
That's the whole point to this Thread.
Why pay minimum wage when you can just lease a 24hr a day robot?
If 20% of the Job sector is disappearing in 20 years.. what are those 20% of the workforce going to be doing?
I'll roll it up from the bottom, because that's really the crux of the matter.
If you suddenly have a production effeciency explosion by fully-automating all those processes, what keeps you from reducing the working hours across the board by 20 % so those 20 % without a job have a chance to branch out into a new direction?
Hell, while you're at it - might as well finally put a basic, unconditional income into effect. Gives people a needed security while they MIGHT develop a new sense of educational curiosity if all those McJobs we are talking about aren't really an option any more and it's either scraping along the bottom with that basic income or make something more out of their lives.
Will there be people mooching off of it? Hell yeah, but that's happening right now in every social security system across the globe just as much and no first world country would possibly collapse under a basic income regulation.
And what I think needs to change? That perverted ambition to have growth at all costs. There seems to be some unspoken superstition that there couldn't be advancement without perpetual economical growth.
Which is why we have a whole bunch of precarious employments like some absurdly exploitative all-in contracts and atrocities like freaking employers crawling the curb for cheaper-than-cheap labour force they don't need to insure etc. pp. In most company's I have had the pleasure of collecting my professional experience, it usually came down to 20 people doing what 40 did some 20 years ago, 6 what 9 did - you get the picture. And at the same time unemployment rates are out of whack and industrials ask for people to work until 70 now instead of 65 to get their pension, beccause that's what the economy requires.
There is just a whole bunch of stuff wrong that COULD be righted with something as simple as robotics, but we all know that if the production doubles, it won't mean that someone gets the same pay he used to, but has a lot less stress now that the robot does most of his shit. Instead he might be regulated down to 2 hours a week for maintenance for fuck-all at the end of the month on his strip.
High time that a technical revolution pushes the work/life balance back towards equality. The way its now, you really can't blame people for not seeing any perspectives in their lives.