Our soon to be Jobless Society
Understanding the shifts in technology and labour distribution it becomes an apparent fact, that a time when most of the population won’t have jobs is inevitable. It’s how we reach this point, that’s is important. From developed nations, who are losing their industrial job base for service jobs and a small pool of high skilled jobs; to developing nations, where the job market can’t accommodate high populations. The “job” is becoming scarce.
Artificial intelligence & Technology
Innovation has always changed how we work and how much we work, but now more than ever does innovation poise itself to remove the job completely. This can be an issue to the current predominate market system: capitalism. But who has time to rail on capitalism when we all know that it is the cancer killing the planet. http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-ai-and-automation-could-hollow-out-the-us-job-market/ The problem here is the redistribution and access to services and products, in an increasingly efficient world. This no longer allows for social safety nets and welfare to mitigate the socio-economic divide, as the income generating middle class who pay into is dwindling in their purchasing power.
This demands new thinking to reinvent the idea of what we are entitled to and what constitutes a good sustainable and equitable standard of living. Because when we imagine a futuristic world, we are imagining efficiency that makes life easier. The current mentality to business, does not support this vision, so we must adapt the idea of how we operate together without the barriers of monetary access and the systems that we currently circulate it through.
We predict and expect a new emerging economy, built on the distribution of labour and the sharing of material to create new and innovative services; but this reality is stark from the now manifested “sharing economy”. https://journalistsresource.org/studies/economics/business/airbnb-lyft-uber-bike-share-sharing-economy-research-roundup Tech has lowered the overhead, without passing on the earnings, which is the problem. It’s also the issue with our market system all together. The idea of technological innovation and a generally increased socio-economic standing, is not possible under the capitalist mentality, that seeks to extract wealth along a value chain to gain profit. So how do we fix this issue? By creating companies and organizations that operate like a business and don’t uptake profit for its shareholders, yet retain the completive spirit of capitalist corporations. This is public shareholding, where businesses and services, serve the public in the redistribution of wealth. This doesn’t mean that theses social enterprises can’t be market competitors, they simply need to understand the market, just like a regular business. The difference is how profit is spent and invested to accountable social elevation, instead of just handing out dividend checks. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/17/ceo-pay-ratio-average-worker-afl-cio we commonly believe that companies need to pay top execs a tonne of money to do the job, this coorlation with competence is an illusion and only fuels the mentality that the only way of getting rich is off of other people and what they offer us and this simply isnt true (the barriers to success make us feel entitled to the payoff). With public accountability, these organizations run like any corporation but this isn’t government, these can focus on anything, it’s the corporate mentality and profit end point that are changed. In contrast to the normal capitalistic extraction system poisons our society. This boosts the social safety-net of nations, competes with corporate interest by creating brands that we care about because: we know they care about us. Most people don’t like their jobs, but this creates a job market where people can do something in their field and their nature: help other people. And this isn’t just false promotions of donations for purchase, this demands: buy our products and we change your life here and the world with your hard earned money. This is the future of the market and the real sharing economy. This is how we build a true global mind-set and identity, not by letting multinationals exploit weak legislation to access labour and resources where ever they please and can profit from.
Resources are pivotal to the global future. The way we sell off natural assets to corporations to distribute is foolish. We say: it’s because government is to pressured or inefficient. but then we expect them to police and ensure safety. So why then can they or a non-profit organization do the same? Is it the cost of talent? Because as we’ve seen the cost of talent is nothing compared to the cost of leadership and that doesn’t really require anything special. if we cyclically elect leaders to run our entire countries and manage our economies. Why can’t we get people to run resource extraction and keep the resources a public right instead of a market good? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwkQfv1bkd4 Making this a public discussion makes the problem a social issue that can be planned, efficiently and distributive. mitigating the capital costs with social financing and making clean alternatives: a more recognised and socially implemented alternative to corporate extraction and site concentration. This makes energy for example democratic and regional resource sharing, accommodating the people who use it and not the shareholders that profit from it. The argument for innovation and specialization is nulled by the simple fact that corporations get talent from universities, and curb design to public appeal and trends. We can do both publically and through technology to summarize and keep pace to the shifting social demands, far better than a board room and at a much lower social and environmental cost than the capitalist value chain.
The common argument to everything I proposed is that “I don’t want the state picking out my car, my couch and my things, I want choice” I’d then ask you to re-read the last paragraph. the solution, is embedded into everything you’ve read and I’ll explain it better. As we increase our technology, the cost of production lowers creating a much more efficient value chain, if we can lower the cost of production, localize distribution and creation, then the possibility of design is limited to your imagination and the materials are your social right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyWtIwwEgS0 This creates a shift in what we value and a decrease in consumption, as we have exactly what we want, because we designed it or picked the most popular design. We are only removing the extraction based system for a sharing one.
“Jobs” of Tomorrow
Machines can’t do everything yet, and this is a major point in derailing an argument like this, but it isn’t if we understand the fundamental change we are creating. This prospect only falls apart, if we don’t develop the business mind-set to redistribute profit equitably. This only takes one successful trailblazing organization, to shake up the social mentality and expectation of business practice. redefining the social relationship of consumer and company from the start. When we truly give back without corporate greed, we can develop to the point where this shift makes it so: you don’t have to buy food, or clothes or anything. this is because we’ve changed our work culture. So what are you to do all day? We’ll until we can mechanize everything, we’re doing a lot of the same work we do now, but more spread out throughout society, meaning:
· lower working time which equals more time with your family,
· we’re focusing on innovating what we can’t do yet, which means vast increases in education and experimentation to fill every task we don’t want to do.
· we are receiving everything we need, so our lives aren’t a rat race to survive and too expensive for us to afford.
Distribution of work is something we see from tech startups which offer convenience and services, all the way to prevention and awareness campaigns that lower the social costs of services, like learning cpr and first aid. This doesn’t mean we should all become first responders, but the social distribution and aggregated nature of education and inter reliance that these campaigns promote should be common place to our social construction and operation. The society that I’m describing is the future and the only future worth pursuing. It isn’t hard once we understand that the most valuable thing in life, is our lives. So we should enjoy them and preserve the possibility for future generations to enjoy theirs too.