The Robots are Coming

So, if the election has you worried about the future, here’s a little video to cheer you up. It’s a very well-produced explanation of how robots will soon take everyone’s job. We’re looking at maybe fifteen to twenty years before it’s really serious, but this is likely to happen.

I grew up reading a lot of science fiction and it was a common theme in a lot of novels. In those books they imagined that robots would make the world easier and do all the hard work. And that is likely still going to be the case. Where the problem arises is how do people survive in this economy if there are no more jobs to speak of. Certainly a problem to consider. The good news is we may live in a post-scarcity society where things are so cheap to produce, there is plenty of abundance and new ways to make a living.

Certainly people who want some kind of socialist utopia might see this as a boon, but the truth is, there is a lot that has to be figured out. We have more people than we need already. Society has been hell bent on growth for so long, but demographic decline need not be a bad thing. We could have less people and a healthy society. The hard part is figuring out how we get through the transition period.

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