Inspired by this post, although I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while.
I’m a 44 year old woman, and this is troubling me mightily. I own a construction company, and we are so much more efficient every year. From when I started 20 years ago, there are at least 30% less people on the job site. The office is even more efficient.
We are making humans obsolete. From the empty guardhouses, to the ATM, etc. I’m doing it to save money and keep my company lean and profitable. Payroll and payroll compliances are expensive.
I am not anti technology, I fully embrace it, and am thrilled by breakthroughs like 3d printing that are truly revolutionary. We run an almost paperless office.
I also believe that humans are designed to do stuff, be creative thinkers, be physically active, work. For our mental and physical well being. If we don’t need to work, what then?
From what I see, our society/government is backing into a solution, rather than proactively dealing with future. If our “leisure class” is going to significantly increase, let’s sponsor inventors, economists, doctors, artists, scientists to improve the human race, as opposed to expanding the definitions of disability, or setting out a minimum dole so the uneducated, unmotivated can while the hours away on xbox, depressed.
I’ve built homes in Haiti. I went in there like a typical American, wanting to build fast, efficient, and consistent. It took me a while to grasp the idea that Haitians need to develop skills, experience and earn a living wage, to become middle class and the leaders and business owners of tomorrow, as opposed to just taking handouts and moving in the homes we Americans built for them as efficiently as possible. We’ve went down that road in Haiti before, and we crippled that country in many ways.
Labor inefficiency goes against every thing we were taught, but times have changed.
An idle, uneducated, unmotivated, no hope to improve their circumstances underclass is a dangerous thing.
What should we do? How can we proactively plan for this future?