No More Jobs – What to Do About It

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Unless civilization collapses, robots will eventually make us all unemployable.  I’m trying to figure out the least-bad way to do it.

Today, I’ll list some things that I think will help.  None of these even come close to solving the problems that universal automation causes, but they’ll help.  I’ll also list some things that I don’t want to properly endorse, but I think will do more good than bad.

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No More Jobs – Are We All About to Lose Our Jobs?

Brace Yourselves...The Sky is Falling Again!

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I’m not going to try to predict exactly when your job will disappear.  People have said for a long time that robots will take everyone’s jobs now and they’ve always been wrong thus far.  I know why.  Instead, I’ll list some things that I think will be signs that robots are about to take everyone’s jobs, and leave you to come to your own conclusion.

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No More Jobs – What I Think Will Actually Happen

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I’m trying to figure out the least-bad way to replace everybody’s jobs with robots.  Thus far, I’ve explained why I disagree with 2 of the most optimistic views on universal automation, and I tried to figure out the unrealistic ideal.  Now I’ll list what I think will actually happen.

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No More Jobs – The Unrealistic Ideal

What could possibly go wrong?

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Unless civilization collapses, someone will eventually make a robot that can do anything you can do, for free.  I’m trying to figure out the least-bad way to do this.  Today is brainstorming day – in which I’ll try to come up with the most idealistic, unrealistic, best imaginable way this could turn out.  I hope that this will give me some ideas for how we could improve our lot outside of utopia.  For the benefit of utopians who actually believe that this best-case scenario would work without any serious problems, I’ll also explain why it won’t work in practice.

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No More Jobs – Won’t it be Good if Robots do All Our Work?

Well...somebody was bored...

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Ever feel chained to the office?  Bolted to the assembly line?  How would you like to be freed from bondage to work?  Imagine, if you can, working a 0-hour week, every week.

Unless civilization collapses, engineers will eventually make this possible.  Imagine:

  • No poverty
  • No drudgery
  • Freedom to be with your friends and family
  • Freedom to do whatever you want
  • And you could have nearly anything you want, just by ordering it

This sounds like utopia, and therein lies the problem: utopia is literally “no place”.  So what’s the catch?  Without any need to work, we’ll also have: Continue reading No More Jobs – Won’t it be Good if Robots do All Our Work?

No More Jobs – What if Technology Creates More Jobs than it Destroys?

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In my previous post, I said that robots will eventually take all our jobs.  In this post, I’ll cover the view that robots create jobs more than they destroy.

It seems to me that this view is fairly common among people in industries that benefit from automation – computing, robotics, electronics, etc.  This makes sense – those who benefit from automation are more likely to see it as a good thing.

“But wait”, say those who lost their jobs to robots, “replacing a human with a robot destroys a job.  How can it create them?”  They answer that it makes companies more efficient, and allows them to lower prices.  Even though many people lose their jobs because of automation in – for example – car factories, everyone else gets to enjoy lower prices.  They then have more money to spend, which gives employers a big incentive to hire more people.  Workers in 1 sector of industry suffer, while everyone else benefits. Continue reading No More Jobs – What if Technology Creates More Jobs than it Destroys?

They’re Coming to Take Your Job

McDonald's Robot

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Face it: they really are going to take your job.

I’m not talking about immigrants, I’m talking about robots.  Unless civilization collapses, engineers will eventually figure out how to replace everyone with unpaid robots.  So what’s the least bad way to do it?

In this series, I’ll cover some of the main schools of thought about universal automation.  I’ll then describe the unrealistic ideal, what most people will actually do, and what the more selfless people on planet earth can do to make the domination of automation work out as well as practical.

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