metonymy turned 4 today!
I … I actually had no idea it’s been that long. damn.
also, seriously, who wants to grind away their entire life snapping a button onto the fly of a pair of jeans 30 times a minute for 8 hours a day with otherwise minimal activity and absolutely zero mental involvement?
“That robots, automation, and software can replace people might seem obvious to anyone who’s worked in automotive manufacturing or as a travel agent. But Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s claim is more troubling and controversial. They believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States. And, they suspect, something similar is happening in other technologically advanced countries.” […]
“It is this onslaught of digital processes, says Arthur, that primarily explains how productivity has grown without a significant increase in human labor. And, he says, “digital versions of human intelligence” are increasingly replacing even those jobs once thought to require people. “It will change every profession in ways we have barely seen yet,” he warns.”
Maybe it’s just me, but duh? The less work that needs to be done to accomplish the same tasks, the less jobs you will have.
Folks will argue that those industries will create more jobs, and this is true - however, the jobs they are creating are constantly getting more efficient, and thus create fewer and fewer new jobs - and far less jobs than are needed to employ the populace
It’s really not hard to imagine most manual labor being replaced by the end of the 21st - in fact, most of what’s done by humans in factories is just currently too expensive to automate due to technical limitations of the automation and precision/accuracy required
And we envisioned this back in the 50s. Only, then we imagined it as a work-free utopia of equal privilege (well, at least for the white people in the design fictions), instead of a way for the owners of society to completely impoverish the rest..
[ADD] Also, they might want to take a look at debt and the stock markets and their impact on GDP growth - debt and the markets experienced exponential increases since the 80s relative to their growth during the 50s-70s; it also positively correlates with growth in income inequality AND the massive increases in the wealth of the already wealthy.
The security trifecta strikes again.
- Something must be done.
- This is something.
- Therefore, this must be done.
Because it makes us safer.
A: This country is worth dying for.