Automation Is the Next Phase of the Collaborative Economy
Jeremiah Owyang

A fundamental response is called for, when a fundamental threat to the livelihoods of most of the world’s urban population arises. The assumption in the article is that the social agreement about jobs and work will stand, despite 83% of low-paying jobs being eliminated. Bread and circuses will not do the job that is required, and a return to Dickensian England’s social conditions, which is already under way, must be stopped. A redefinition of work and other values that relate to it are necessary. That redefinition must start with the premises of the Declaration of Independence, that all people are created equal, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the deeper understanding that indigenous cultures have of our relationship with the rest of Life on this planet.

When less than 20% of the total population is capable of producing the goods and services (aside from food) needed by everyone, we can maintain meaning in life, and hence sanity (literally) by making two fundamental choices: 1) divide up the necessary production work, letting people choose what contributions they want to make at work, and in their free time, and 2) fully value all contributions that people want to make to each other, and to all our relations (the rest of life). This must replace competing with each other for, and privately accumulating, resources beyond personal needs.

Otherwise we will be asking for social chaos and economic collapse.

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