Monday, January 14, 2013

Race To The Bottom, Last Stop

My wife and I were watching a very interesting (and troubling) piece on Sixty Minutes last night about automation in the workplace. Experts say rapidly advancing technology is one of the reasons we've had such a hard time recovering employment-wise from this last recession...corporations are replacing laid off workers with machines. My question is what kind of society will we have in the future when humans have to compete with robots who never get tired and need no benefits? Will it still be a capitalist system or something else?

9 comments:

free0352 said...

They said the same thing when they invented the farm combine.

I'm not sweating it.

jim marquis said...

Okay, since you're not sweating it...what are the new jobs humans will be needed for?

free0352 said...

You want me to get my crystal ball out? Who knows? I imagine people will adapt and overcome. Mechinization in the past has done nothing but improve standard of living, so as I said, I'm not sweating it.

jim marquis said...

Sounds to me like plutocracy taken to it's inhumane and illogical extreme. The rich feeding the rich and letting everyone else fight for the scraps.

free0352 said...

Well if your intent is to limit technology and progress so people can work outdated jobs you are bound to fail. This topic comes up every few generations and your arguement is a loser everytime. Maybe when Ayn Rand called progressivism the anti industrial revolution she was right.

clif said...

Best observation about the faith based movement around Rand;

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

About describes many many who claim to follow the philandering, drug addled, Russian atheist. Her supposed philosophy reeks of the ramblings of a meth head.

clif said...

Oh yea and in the later stages of her life so had NO trouble asking the US government in 1976 for both social security and Medicare.

Freakin Hypocrite .....

jedi lost said...

It is undeniable that technology will keep improving and changing.

However, it is time to stop and worry about where it is leading us.

In the best optimistic scenario, we will have a 18th century world (or whenever that was) where the rich nobles and bourgeois will feed the people around themselves, asking in return an absolute submission.

In a worse scenario, rich people will not give a shit about the people around them, and watch them murdering each other for the scraps as a past time activity.

We can't change back the technological improvements, but we can at least try to alter its priorities, which is the main problem actually. Why can't we have a more humane technology which focuses on environment, poverty, child abuse and such, rather than more and more profits?

clif said...

Why can't we have a more humane technology which focuses on environment, poverty, child abuse and such, rather than more and more profits?

The very people who value their own greed over the other humans on the planet.

You know the mover and shakers of large corps and wall street, and their bought and paid for politico hacks.