Holodeck authors and artists—guys to write really interesting stories and situations.
As fun as living your fantasies is, the allure of passively being told a story seems too much of a “hook” to completely disappear. So “Hollywood” might survive, in a sense.
You’d probably need librarians and historians, too, to provide the raw data and reference material.
Well, unless AIs are able to take up those function well enough on their own. In which case, you might be able to cut humans out of that loop entirely. There might be a surviving cottage industry of human artists, but if the AIs are just overall better artists, I’m afraid human creativity won’t be able to compete.
And…does this theoretical Holodeck include matter replication? If so, that could provide for a lot of material needs (food, clothing, etc.), assuming you have enough energy to sustain it.
Well, actually, if we have enough technology to build replicators, and A.I.s advanced enough to gain at least semi-sentience, I get the feeling that we won’t really have to worry about the lot of the “sub-holodeck plebe” caste. But someone will have to worry about what to do with all their bodies. :eek: