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2021-10-18 8:51:18 AM  
7 votes:
Because we'll all be dead?
 
2021-10-18 6:18:58 AM  
6 votes:
Ha farkin' ha. Back in the day, Sci Fi envisioned us as a super-race, studying all the disciplines and building our perfect bodies. No shortages, anybody could have whatever they wanted at any time.
How's that working out? No jobs = no money, no life and no future. Only the 1% will gain any benefit, and they'll probably be miserable anyway.
 
2021-10-18 10:15:38 AM  
3 votes:

xanadian: Because we'll all be dead?


Came here to post exactly that, without the questionmark.

/the human race will be totally extinct by the end of this century
 
2021-10-18 10:30:21 AM  
3 votes:
If you were 120 years-old, you could have read this article every year for the last 120 years.  We keep saying "because of efficiency and production advances in X, there will be less workers needed" and that's true but only for the industry where that is happening.  We used to have 1,000 people working in a steel mill.  Now we have 150 and the other 850 are off doing something else including Jazzercise instruction.

On the flip side, you needed a 4 string quartet to play Haydn 270 years ago, and you still need a 4 string quartet to play Haydn.  This is what leads to Baumol's cost disease (why education and surgery cost so much).
 
2021-10-18 11:01:10 AM  
3 votes:
We're never going to solve scarcity, so none of this will ever happen. That and people are putting way too much faith in AI, while forgetting that the most avaricious capitalists of our time are the people that will control it.
 
2021-10-18 11:09:17 AM  
3 votes:
As long as the US remains a staunchly conservative nation that holds the puritanical beliefs of religious extremists that were so extreme they were ejected out of renaissance England, work will be needed here. Because we are so capitalist, and so focused on work as a measure of worth, that even as every other nation adopts UBI and robots take over the workforce, Americans will die in squalor and poverty because all the jobs are taken by robots, but our healthcare will remain employer based, and if you don't work you don't eat.
 
2021-10-18 12:45:27 PM  
3 votes:
The thing is, Mort (the robot) doesn't need a paycheck.

But Mort's creation and maintenance aren't anywhere near free, so the money Mort's 'free' work creates simply goes to whomever paid to have Mort created and maintained.

The whole article is stupid, pointless, and full of crap.
 
2021-10-18 10:26:33 AM  
2 votes:

The Googles Do Nothing: If we don't work many of us will spiral out of control due to lack of structure.


If lockdown taught me anything, it's that without a structured work environment, I am an incredibly lazy and disgusting lump of a person.
 
2021-10-18 11:20:51 AM  
2 votes:

Pants full of macaroni!!: xanadian: Because we'll all be dead?

Came here to post exactly that, without the questionmark.

/the human race will be totally extinct by the end of this century


Not even almost.
 
2021-10-18 12:03:49 PM  
2 votes:
People don't want to pay us to work, they're certainly not going to pay us to not work.
 
2021-10-18 7:25:17 AM  
1 vote:
If we don't work many of us will spiral out of control due to lack of structure.
 
2021-10-18 10:25:52 AM  
1 vote:
In the near future (5 years)  IIIIIII won't have to work for a living because I will be retired.  The rest of you schlubs? Not sure I care.
 
2021-10-18 1:20:52 PM  
1 vote:

covfefe: No, I'm pretty confident that blockchain will solve this problem.


By consuming all the available energy on the planet?
 
2021-10-18 1:58:44 PM  
1 vote:

LZeitgeist: The thing is, Mort (the robot) doesn't need a paycheck.

But Mort's creation and maintenance aren't anywhere near free, so the money Mort's 'free' work creates simply goes to whomever paid to have Mort created and maintained.

The whole article is stupid, pointless, and full of crap.


But what happens down the road when Mort is designed by an AI, and maintained by another robot designed and manufactured by AI? Robots also mined and forged the materials and delivered it all without any humans involved beyond being passive observers.

At a certain point being the "owner" of the AI won't really mean anything, and you can't collect profit from people with no money.
 
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