Automation is Making Us Dumber
Ben Noble

As someone who is actively working in the field of automation (its application, more so than its design), I am in agreement with this article, only in that it’s going to happen. There was a study done in Oxford back in 2013 that stated pretty unequivocally that 45% of all current jobs could be automated out of the need for human interaction/intervention within the next twenty years.

We will have self-driving cars & trucks as well, the Solar Roadways folks are working on smarter and smarter roads, which will probably re-charge and possibly help guide our driverless cars and trucks, with fewer and fewer accidents.

We can print darn near anything now. The Chinese have used a 3D printer to create housing out of concrete. (no they don’t print the whole house, but large sections of it)

As Neal Stephenson once wrote, eventually, we’ll be able to ship Nebraska to China overnight for a nickel.

The question we have to answer: what then must we do?

Do we change to some sort of super-short work-week? That’s what happened when the industrial revolution really took off — we went from a 60–70-hour work-week to a theoretical 40-hour work week. Will we adopt a basic minimum income? How will that be paid for?

Will we live in a society such as the one posited by Arthur Jensen, the character played by Ned Beatty in the great film, Network: “ All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused”? Will we be in Star Trek?

Or Mad Max?

Perhaps I spend too much time worried about this sort of thing…

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