As regular readers know, I believe that a seismic shift, a profound change in society has already begun in the shape of AI and automation eradicating jobs.
We need UBI (Universal Basic Income) because millions of jobs will vanish, forever. It isn’t a recession, it is a massive de-industrialisation of society – for the first time in human history, the majority of us will not NEED to work – unless of course a rich elite choose to make us slaves.
Here are some recent articles on automation and Artificial Intelligence, with different viewpoints. Politicians don’t really want to face this reality, but the tsunami is coming, and soon.
This one looks at the changes in the USA and why Trump voters hoping for factory work are bound to be disappointed; http://www.businessinsider.com/automation-to-destroy-millions-of-jobs-in-the-us-2017-3?IR=T
This one quotes on Bill Gates, who thinks UBI is necessary. He also thinks that adults should be working in education to obtain tax credits/free money. Hmm, I don’t think that is anything other than a form of compulsory baby-sitting, and why would today’s self-righteous, earbud wearing, SJW young listen to anything a person over 50 said to them?
On the robot tax I agree with Gates – companies sacking workers and replacing them need to pay a fee for every job lost. http://basicincome.org/news/2017/03/bill-gates-addresses-ubi-reddit-ama/
This one I really like, because it looks at banking and investment, a closed shop racket if ever there was one.
I agree that many well paid people, currently blagging their investment fees and commission using bullshit, smoke and mirrors, will lose their cushy jobs soon. Sadly, many dedicated and helpful people in call centres and bank branches will also be replaced by screens and AI.http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450414475/Investment-industry-to-spend-28bn-on-AI-by-2021-expected-to-cut-quarter-of-a-million-jobs
And finally, Stephen Hawking calls for world government and predicts people will merge with AI machines one day. I don’t think he is right on either score, but it makes for a thought-provoking piece. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/stephen-hawking-world-government-stop-technology-destroy-humankind-th-a7618021.html
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