The automation revolution is possible, but without a radical change in the social conventions surrounding work it will not happen. The real dystopia is that, fearing the mass unemployment and psychological aimlessness it might bring, we stall the third industrial revolution. Instead we end up creating millions of low skilled jobs that do not need to exist.
We’ve talked about automation a lot at this blog. Here’s a decent article by postcapitalist thinker Paul Mason in today’s Guardian.
It really does feel like New Escapologist is onto something sometimes, our ideas becoming increasingly pertinent by the day.