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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Future

Point:
Robots are taking all the jobs. But are we, the average, moderately skilled humans, screwed, or aren't we? Let me just get it out of the way now: We are, unless there are drastic, immediate changes to education and economic systems around the world.
Gloss:
It’s possible that today’s hand-wringing is simply a result of people underestimating the power of capitalist economies to adapt and thrive. They’ve certainly done so in the past. And remember, half of Pew’s respondents still think we’ll be just fine.
Claim:
If the education system doesn't change to start pumping out technologically savvy, creative people as the rule, not the exception, the rise of robot workers is "certain to lead to an increase in income inequality, a continued hollowing out of the middle class, and even riots, social unrest, and/or the creation of a permanent, unemployable 'underclass,'" the Pew report concludes.
Concurrence:
Still, there’s no guarantee that the future will resemble the past. It should be deeply unsettling to policymakers that so many of the smart people who think about these issues believe this time could be fundamentally different.
Some questions:
    Why does man feel so bad in the very age when, more than in any other age, he has succeeded in satisfying his needs and making over the world for his own use?
    Why has man entered on an orgy of war, murder, torture, and self-destruction unparalleled in history and in the very center where he had hoped to see the dawn of universal peace and brotherhood?
    Why do people often feel bad in good environments and good in bad environments?
    Why do people often feel so bad in good environments that they prefer bad environments?
    Why does a man often feel better in a bad environment?
    Why is a man apt to feel bad in a good environment, say suburban Short Hills, New Jersey, on an ordinary Wednesday afternoon? Why is the same man apt to feel good in a very bad environment, say an old hotel on Key Largo during a hurricane?
    Why have more people been killed in the twentieth center than in all other centuries put together?
    Why is war man's greatest pleasure?
    Why is man the only creature that wages war against its own species?

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