The Coming End of Work

So first, take a look at this video. Yeah, it’s a bit long, but it’s fascinating.

So basically human work is largely going to be a thing of the past very soon. Like within my lifetime. As the video asks, what do we do then? What do we do once a huge portion of our population is unemployable through no fault of their own? In the past, we’ve gone with options like retaining, but what if those options no longer exist?

It is a sobering question, and I have no easy answers. I suppose we can rely on government to provide welfare for those in need. Of course, that gets expensive quick, and without a large tax base, I don’t know where the money comes from. But there would have to be at least some money in the economy, or the various companies that use robots wouldn’t be selling anything or providing any services.

I don’t know. I’ll have to spend some time thinking about this. It is going to be a very real problem very soon, and so we’d all best do some thinking and maybe come up with a solution.


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