The ‘having to make money in order to survive’ paradigm is racing the way of the dodo bird, and the embedded video does a brilliant job conveying much of that truth.
Not an ‘if’, but a ‘when’, sensibly speaking.
I roughly predict the automation tidal wave will peak in a century, but either way, it fairly soon powerfully impacts humanity — and it will grow into that peak, so at least the generation being born today likely has to navigate such additionally troubling waters to a significant degree.
We should do whatever we can to help smooth out that transition to minimize suffering.
A couple of striking highlights are the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine and creativity.
A computer can never actually be a human being (obviously including our limits), and therefore always leaves a space for healthy human socialness — including the professional version of it.
It also leaves space for humanly artistic expression (which is purely subjective). So while AI can impress, and can powerfully aid artists such as yours truly, it will not be able to connect with humans as smoothly as a human artist at some point.
For all of us yoga types here, laughably imagine a robot teaching a yoga class these days.
Some jobs obviously remain, but most disappear like a water hole drying up in an ecosystem.
That 2014 video is almost a decade old, so to add a bit of an update here…
While robots cannot teach yoga, they can do backflips.
AI brilliantly designed a $1,000,000 sports car, holds reasonably intelligent conversations (e.g. see GPT-3), and is beginning to aid software programmers (still crudely, but it is expected to dramatically improve), among many other tasks.
As both AI and robotics play a leading role in the advancement of military application for the foreseeable future, remain assured that there is a highly aggressive press worldwide to competitively advance them. Military accomplishments often flows into the civilian sector (e.g. GPS and the internet), and such automation is no exception.
If society does nothing, then billions of jobs will be wiped out over the next century roughly, and way too many people will be unable to afford access to grains for bread.
According to a historical expert talking through my speakers during a podcast that I listened to recently, violent revolutions are ignited by too many people failing to achieve bread status.
The trajectory is clear, and it includes humanity flying down the fast lane towards the globalization of violent revolution, driven by the continuously brutal struggle of power addicts to rule the world. Anger and violence begetting anger and violence on a global scale is horribly disastrous — leaving the terrible Middle East crisis as child’s play in the globally sustained dust.
If you hang around these parts, I often express a positive way to avoid that global catastrophe to at least some major extent. For now, I simply leave you with the following.
We need an economy, so there must be a pool of money that flows into ensuring that everybody has the cleanest air, shelter, water, and food possible. That money must come from the top. That cannot be achieved by legislation, because any government (now throughout history) primarily entrenches and sustains power for the powerful people.
We the global people need to confront and end greed (a.k.a. power addiction).
Stop being angry at the greedy. Power addiction (egotism) is a mental illness, and clearly not indicative of healthy living. Moreover, power addicts crave their power fix the way alcoholics crave their liquor. Anger is an extension of frustration, which comes from helplessness. That helplessness fuels their power fix.
Pity the greedy power addicts instead. Wherever they shine their materialistic status symbols (e.g. super yachts), give them a sincere look of pity. Of course, in order for this to be effective, the global masses need to get on board with this peace activist dream come true and sustain it as needed.
How hard is it to understand the need to pity the power addicts, and simply apply that pity? It is not hard at all, so this is not idealistic at all.
Let us spread the word, and grow our own powerful wave.
There is more to say about the reason to pity the power addicts (I have mentioned some of it within the past, and will likely repeat for emphasis), but that suffices for this already bulky expression, while I hope you continue to think about it.