Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Future of Work

I think I've made this point before, but I have to ask whoever still reads this screed for comments on a thought experiment. But first, watch this video.

So the question becomes this simple: what do we do with the folks who don't have to work anymore? Do we finally push for a guaranteed minimum income? Or do we start up the meat grinders?

I don't have an answer for this. I think the concept of what this society might look like is either terribly dystopian (like The Road) or strongly resembles Star Trek's version of the future, where (since everything is easily achievable), no one gets paid for anything, and does whatever they can for the benefit of the society, or just for themselves, because everything is free.

I'd like to think it won't suck too hard, but then again, we are human beings after all...