As time goes on, specific ideas and technologies push towards the “plateau of productivity” where they are eventually automated. Looking at history one must conclude that automation has the power to destroy specific job markets. In diverse industries ranging from crop harvesting to automobile assembly technology advances have consistently replaced and augmented human labor to reduce costs. A professor once put it this way in his compilers course, “take historical note of textile and steel industries: do you want to build machines and tools, or do you want to operate those machines?”
But somehow I ended up living in New York City, spending lots of time in front of multiple screens, building an app for wordplay, copywriting for brands, working on a startup out of a museum-led tech + art incubator, writing a column about tech + culture at Vogue, and helping dress celebrities for red carpets and press junkets, because that’s the world we live in — the age of the polymath, where variety and the art of being schizophrenically busy is key.