FA (Good initials!)
I suspect no robot will ever be devised to make a hand-made silk tieâ€¦or serve up a martini and conversation with the same panache as a human bartender. But I also suspect that robots, computers and other machines will be able to handle the vast majority of all the work that needs to be doneâ€¦and that most humans are able to do.
Said another way: If human labor (in its widest sense) is not already an anachronism, I suspect it soon will be.
I would like to comment on something Hawkeye said, because I think he is wrong in what he suggests. Hawkeye wrote:
Coming up with the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, which is to prioritize the best interests of the collective over the best interests of the holders of the collectives wealth (IE the capitalists). In part the right thing is to give the work to people, not to machines.
I disagree with that completely and strongly.
Any work that can be handled by a machine ought to be given to the machines to doâ€”the only qualifier would be that the machine be able to get the job done as capably as a humanâ€”which, incidentally, is almost always the case.
Our productivity would soar! We'd have lots more to go around. Machines, in most instances, are more efficient and much, much more productive than humans.
The problem with that, of course, would be that we have less jobs for humans to do.
Hummmâ€¦we humans have worked for millennia to evolve a technology to make life easier for humansâ€¦and now that we have achieved that goal beyond our wildest dreams, we want to consider it a problem. No reason for us to do that.
Having less work to doâ€¦.IS NOT A PROBLEM for a human. It gives the human more time to play golf or tennis, paint, write, tend to garden and home, spend time with the family, vacation, or simply lie in a hammock training two oaks to bend in toward each other.
All we have to do is to figure out a method of distribution of our enormous plenty (which would be even more enormous if we allowed the more productive machines to do the work) that would allow all humans to have â€śenoughâ€ť or even to have â€śplenty.â€ť
Much easier problem to work on than on â€śHow do we create the needed decent paying jobs?â€ť