Hemant Taneja Asks: How Will We Balance A Future With Fewer Jobs And Longer Lifespans?

I like where your thoughts are headed, with this one, but your logic doesn’t entirely line up.

  1. “ Work gives our lives meaning as much as it fills our wallets.” — Does it? It SHOULD, but I often see this line rolled out in support of exploitative, meaningless labour, as a kind of callback to older times, when people could take pride in their work, when they were paid reasonably, when there was some sort of identity they could hang their hat on — i.e. a baker, a construction worker, a farmer. These days, I feel that these identities, this ‘meaning’, this pride is co-opted to earn someone else a fat paycheck. See the trend in the privileged elite working on organic farms for free, or even paying for the privilege, when compared to people who have to work on farms to survive. Or the fact that any kind of job that is any way desirable, or gives ‘meaning’ to people’s lives, as being grossly underpaid and highly competitive. For the most part, most labour is meaningless, soul-crushing, mind-numbing, and is not fit for humans, which is why it’s being replaced by machines.
  2. “ The right thing would be for the innovation sector to think about responsible innovation and for large tech platforms to handle their power with care and algorithmic accountability.” Would it? Or might possibly the right thing be for those holding ALL OF THE MONEY to disseminate some of it instead of fighting to draw AS MUCH PROFIT AS POSSIBLE EVERY SINGLE QUARTER. That is the basis of capitalism, and always has been, and it’s COMPLETELY UNSUSTAINABLE. I feel like with all of these Austerity Programs that they’re constantly trying to misdirect from this notion, saying it’s up to us to keep making do with less, instead of the very obvious problem that less and less people hold more and more of the world’s money. THIS needs to be rectified, more so than any innovation or social platforms.