I struggle to even comment on the subject, but it seems to me like the Star Trek economy is the end result of these discussions. As automation increases, it never fully takes over all jobs, but jobs become voluntary at some point. The fiction of The Last Job is portrayed to be oddly dystopian – whereas I kind of see it as the best of all possible worlds.
As the world is now, jobs are necessary to sustain human life. But the whole point of this material is that the world is changing. If automation is doing our jobs better than us — we’re better off to let more and more people not have jobs but continue with a wonderful life.The simple but polarizing idea of guaranteed minimum income can become politically feasible in the right economic climate.
I don’t really have answers, but if you have more reading or listening on the subject, please leave a comment so I can check it out. I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject.
Normally Saturday is a day off for me, but this week has been weird and I feel the need to catch up on work with a half-day. While doing so, I thought I could use a change of pace with music. I pulled up Spotify and thought I’d look to see if Wil Wheaton had any public playlists. I saw none, but then I remembered that my boss, Matt Mullenweg, does.
So today, I hope you’ll join me in listening to some Jimmy Smith: