How do we plan to take care of people after the machines are running the world

With a story I read today that pizza delivery places may start using self-driving cars, my first thought is another job that is taken away from people.  In Sci-Fi movies and stories, machines doing all the work means humans have free time, bu the reality is it means 99% of humans work more since they can’t find work and the money crated from those machines pools at the top.  They need to tax the shit out of machine automation for social programs.

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How do we plan to take care of people after the machines are running the world

Am feeling more and more worried about the future of American workers…

Time was, a person could teach or work in a factory or do just about anything and make an honest living.  Most of that evaporated long ago, but in the past 20 years there was still hope – a person could be a programmer.  But as more and more programming becomes increasingly complex yet more automated, I am thinking that in the long-term there will be a fewer programming jobs with just a few highly paid IT jobs, and everyone else will be working menial and low-paying jobs where it is hard to make a living.  I feel like a century from now, we are all going to be serfs again, with a few business titans owning everything and the rest of us fighting for scraps and eating government subsidized fast food (i.e. poison).  The problem with humans automating things is we don’t make life easier for the masses – we make it more pleasant for the elite while the rest of us have to scrape to find increasingly difficult to find jobs.  I am not sure what my kids or my grandkids are going to do, let alone me in my golden years.  I hope I am wrong…

Am feeling more and more worried about the future of American workers…

Remembering the good old days of being on hold for 10 minutes

I remember calling big service providers (such as a telephone provider) in the 80s with a question/request and sitting on hold for 10 minutes, which was really annoying.  Today, we have automated speech recognition systems where for 10 minutes we answer a series of annoying questions (and repeating the answers when the system doesn’t understand)) to be routed “to the right person.”  In the old days, we listened to music for those 10 minutes, now we are reminded over and over how important our call is to the provider while answering all those questions.  Sheesh, back in the 80s, I never thought I’d long for those less stressful/annoying days of sitting on hold!!!

Remembering the good old days of being on hold for 10 minutes