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  • Welcome to the Industrial Age.
  • Does anyone smarter than me have a potential solution to this problem? Obviously we can't generate work for work's sake and not everyone can fix the machines that do work for us, but we're getting to a point where we are going to have an excess of human labor. This is both real and very serious. Idle hands and all that.

    /and no, sending everyone to China won't help either.
  • ajgeek: Does anyone smarter than me have a potential solution to this problem?


    Bionics.
  • ajgeek: Does anyone smarter than me have a potential solution to this problem? Obviously we can't generate work for work's sake and not everyone can fix the machines that do work for us, but we're getting to a point where we are going to have an excess of human labor. This is both real and very serious. Idle hands and all that.

    /and no, sending everyone to China won't help either.


    Well, we could educate our citizens better so they could compete for jobs in the new information based economy, but that's socialism.... so, no.
  • ajgeek: Does anyone smarter than me have a potential solution to this problem?


    www.startrek.comView Full Size


    Grab your sabo.
  • ajgeek: Idle hands and all that.


    Free, government-subsidized pr0n for everyone! That'll keep everyone's hands from being idle anyway.
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    What your next job interview might look like.


    /Not obscure

  • ajgeek: Obviously we can't generate work for work's sake


    There will always be infrastructure that needs rebuilding or refreshing.
  • I've been maintaining for a while that we'll never drop below 6% unemployment again.  I can't envision some new industry that would need to be labor intensive and I can see just about every profession threatened by some form of technology and efficiency.  Oh and we are still adding to the global population.
  • Let robots and smart machines do all the work, and have a Star Trek economy.
  • Eddie Adams from Torrance: ajgeek: Does anyone smarter than me have a potential solution to this problem? Obviously we can't generate work for work's sake and not everyone can fix the machines that do work for us, but we're getting to a point where we are going to have an excess of human labor. This is both real and very serious. Idle hands and all that.

    /and no, sending everyone to China won't help either.

    Well, we could educate our citizens better so they could compete for jobs in the new information based economy, but that's socialism.... so, no.


    We could just kick out all the people biatching about their jobs being stolen, who refuse to adapt.
  • Is losing a job to a machine really such a bad thing?

    I really dont understand why people are pissed off of technological progress.
  • cman: Is losing a job to a machine really such a bad thing? I really dont understand why people are pissed off of technological progress.

    If you had made a career out of being a travel agent, I could imagine you'd be pissed that your livelihood is gone in a matter of just a few years. There's really not much of a grace period when technology just overwhelms the industry that you work.  Ask Borders.

    I see the change happening with major grocery and retail workers right now in a big hurry.
  • Contrary to our negative view of luddites: efficiency and automation do cost jobs.
  • There will be an Exodus to Mexico by Americans looking for work?
  • ajgeek:
    /and no, sending everyone to China won't help either.


    That was all I had.
  • cman: Is losing a job to a machine really such a bad thing?

    I really dont understand why people are pissed off of technological progress.


    It's only a bad thing if you're the one who ends up homeless as a result.
  • A study came out today that said that 50% of the US work force is underemployed...

    BUT WE NEED THAT CHEAP LABOR! WE NEED ALL THOSE H1-Bs!

    The U.S. is now a full plutocracy.
  • azmoviez: cman: Is losing a job to a machine really such a bad thing? I really dont understand why people are pissed off of technological progress.

    If you had made a career out of being a travel agent, I could imagine you'd be pissed that your livelihood is gone in a matter of just a few years. There's really not much of a grace period when technology just overwhelms the industry that you work.  Ask Borders.

    I see the change happening with major grocery and retail workers right now in a big hurry.


    I used to be a typesetter.
  • Thinking about the jobless future makes me feel a little less regret for never having kids.

    Yessir, things don't look good for our species.
  • Eddie Adams from Torrance: Well, we could educate our citizens better so they could compete for jobs in the new information based economy, but that's socialism.... so, no.


    Actually the socialist answer would be to kill all the smart people (those they have the training and the money) and put untrained uneducated people in those places. That way in a few years everyone is in the field working the crops with their bare hands. It would be perfect. All of us equal and no one better than the other.
  • Welcome to what manufacturing has been dealing with for decades.

    We're going to have an interesting problem on our hands as people are replaced by machines.

    Do we share in an increase in leisure time (that should be) afforded us, or do we round up the now unemployable due to technology into government housing and give them all food rations?

    Basically, are only the rich going to benefit, or society as a whole.

    //Guessing the rich
  • What's really going to be fun is when the "safe" jobs start to be lost to automation: engineers, IT admins, programmers, etc...

    That's when the real butthurt will begin.
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