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    nasch (profile), 31 Mar 2016 @ 7:23am

    Re: Re: Who will have money if its all automated?

    When all needed services (including production) can be provided without employing people, that means there's no longer any need to require people to work in order to live.

    Absolutely, the question is will we be able to make that fundamental shift in our society quickly enough? The changes to employment are coming (IMO), and the change from required work to citizen stipend or whatever it's called needs to start soon after or we're going to have major problems.

    Some think this revolution will be just like the previous ones, where more jobs are created than lost, but I don't see it that way. At best, there will be few or no menial jobs left, and our (speaking of the US) education and training systems are woefully inadequate to retrain menial workers for whatever high-skill, high-knowledge jobs remain. And even if we solved that somehow, and assumed that all those people are even capable of doing those jobs, there probably won't be enough of them for everyone.

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