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Offline shnozzola

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As technology progresses, indications are that “putting people back to work” will become less feasible. EconomistsErik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have charted what they refer to as “the great decoupling.” They have found that productivity, or output per hour of work, has quadrupled since 1947 in the United States while employment has not risen at nearly the same rate. What this means is that many companies are producing more goods and services without having to employ more people.
Other research suggests in the next 15 to 20 years, 45 percent of all existing employment will become automated. Even more startling, there’s little to suggest new jobs will be created at the pace necessary to compensate for this loss.

Moreover, if Kurzweil is representative of how even a fraction of people would fill their time when they are no longer engaged in meaningless employment, then the future seems likely to be filled with even more innovations and even more creative achievements. “Do you think innovation is going to stop?” asks Kurzweil. “It’s going to explode.”

If that prediction holds any merit, then imagine the leaps we would make if every 9-to-5 laborer who watched Star Trek growing up was working on making warp speed a reality.

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Re: The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World’s Creativity
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 09:19:57 PM »
That's all well and good until you realize that for every person who can be innovative and creative, there's probably at least a dozen who never learned how to be creative and who will not, therefore, have any reasonable way to make a living wage.  Consider the kind of education the majority of people get, which involves sitting in a classroom, memorizing and regurgitating facts.  How is that supposed to promote innovation and creativity in the minds of those who it was inflicted on?  Never mind stuff produced solely for consumption which doesn't require people to seriously work at it.
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Re: The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World’s Creativity
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 10:19:44 PM »
What are meaningless jobs?  Meaningless to whom?  You might think flipping burgers sucks and is devoid of meaning, but I am sure for someone, that is an awesome job that make him feel good about life.

And just how creative are unemployed people, making no money, unable to feed their kids and without any kind of direction?  Are corporations going to suddenly start sponsoring the unemployed?  Are governments going to suddenly create a socialistic utopia?  I really don't think so.

I think kurzweil is tragically optimistic, to put it nicely.
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