The second problem is the failure to recognize that people value some products and services provided by our fellow meat-sacks.
This is only true in the case that meat-sacks make 'better' products, like the example of the antiquated rug. But that's an exception to the rule.
Robots enable technologies we couldn't have dreamt about in history. If there's still a market for handmade circuit-boards, I'll bet it's not sufficient to employ even 1% of the workforce that robots have put out of work. These new circuits are much better than the old ones... and smaller and more durable and more energy efficient.
There's no market for handmade processors. There's no market for Low Frequency Trading... only people who don't have the ability to make High Frequency Trading happen.
Yes, people will retrain. But suggesting that we'll all make artisan versions of what we make today is just silly.
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