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1 Should We Pay People for Existing? on Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:14 pm

Will the automation of everything leave many people behind, bringing despair and disappointment? Or will it urge humanity to redefine self-actualization? Will the realization of one’s potential no longer be defined by career success or measured by net-worth? If and when it becomes unnecessary for a significant portion of the population to be working, will we be able to adapt our value system to allow for guilt-free leisure, encourage more creative exploration, and recognize the value of lifelong learning?

Beyond those vivid examples, a widely-shared blog on the World Economic Forum’s Agenda platform projects that roughly half of all jobs will be lost to automation in less than two decades.

One of the simplest, and yet also more complicated, questions to ponder in a world free of traditional employment, is what will we do with our free time? It would be good to ease our way into it by looking at the “6 Hour Workday” policies that Sweden is introducing “to increase productivity and make people happier.” Shorter work days will help prevent burnout and allow people a space to find other activities from which they can derive meaning. For those who are employed, a job isn’t just a vehicle to earn one’s living, it is a means to address the basic human need for belonging. Exploring how this need could be met outside of the workplace would be a worthy undertaking.

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2 Re: Should We Pay People for Existing? on Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:20 pm

But...but... bludgers!

(standard government Minister response)


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3 Re: Should We Pay People for Existing? on Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 pm


Dick Tater
With the way the climate is going, and the way culture is going, this whole society of commodity exchange is on its last legs.

Total production cannot and will not last forever. Whether something better or something worse takes its place is down to whether or not we are able to be redeemed.

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4 Re: Should We Pay People for Existing? on Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:37 am

"Should We Pay People for Existing?"

The short answer to this is "Yes".

It's called "The Right To Life" and is under the Human Rights Act.

It's the one thing which prevents us from falling into Darwinesque fascism of the type seen in Germany during the late 30's/early 40's.

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5 Re: Should We Pay People for Existing? on Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:34 am

If the robots take over, here's the country where it probably happens first
Artificial intelligence will benefit countries with an aging population and where labor force growth is low
Japan could be the country to watch when it comes to A.I. adoption, according to Nomura's chief economist for Asia ex-Japan
PwC predicted that by 2030, A.I. will drive global gross domestic product higher by 14 percent

Imagine being replaced by this:

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