"Charles Haynes" <charles.hay...@gmail.com> wrote:
It's certainly possible that we will automate ourselves out of the
need for "jobs" but that's only a problem if you believe that
existing structures of wealth accumulation and distribution are
appropriate for such a world. It seems obvious that they are not. It
could be unrest, or it could be an unparalleled opportunity to
provide basic needs universally and allow for unprecedented
I think the expectation of "unprecedented creativity" is not merely
unfounded, but dangerous.
Yes, the sort of folk on this list would certainly become more creative
and constructive if let free of economic concerns. And the voluntary
"work" of such creatives may well be of immense benefit to our species
But recall please that fully half the population has below average IQ
(by definition). There is also a half of humanity with below average
understanding, aspiration, and ability to do creative work.
The challenge to an economic utopia isn't building it or even
maintaining it. The challenge is to provide something for the
lumpenproletariat to do with their free time that is not more
destructive than what the creatives produce.
Even the ambitious who fight to obtain control of this utopia can be
handled (at least I hope so, the upcoming US election will be a test
case). But occupying the time of the vast hordes of bored and restive
non-creatives will be a challenge, and it's a challenge I have not yet
seen addressed anywhere this side of Orwell.
But perhaps that unprecedented creativity will include a solution; we
must hope it will provide one in time.
/ Bruce /