The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

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Automation in the Information Age is different.

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  1. MORE PEOPLE Are employed today that 10yrs ago, 100yrs ago, 1000yrs ago and ever in human history. Automation doesn't reduce jobs it only changes jobs. The guy who lost his job on an automotive assembly line in the 60's never new that one day a guy like him would be a robot programmer or a plant IT tech.

  2. I am increasingly of the opinion that my chosen field has become a blight upon the world. When we were making these tools we thought they'd be good for everybody. Maybe that was foolish. "Enlightened self-interest" is a thing where people do well for themselves by competing with each other to do good for everybody. That's the ideal of cooperative capitalism. But it looks like the structure of our society doesn't support it. We have competitive capitalism instead. They're competing with each other to do well for themselves but have no reason to care whether they're doing good for anybody.

    I'm one of the guys who built this beast, and I see how it's failing. It's enabling this so-called good economy that's not actually doing people any good. Really it would be more accurate to call it a 'fuck-you-I-got-mine' economy instead of a 'good' economy.

    But I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to fix it! We can't put the genie back in the bottle, so how can we change our structure to support real cooperative capitalism? This kind of micro-optimized goal-seeking can only help us, if doing us actual good is what business owners actually get paid for.

    If anybody can tell me what the missing part is – how to bridge the gap from mere exploitation to genuine service – I swear I'll do my best to build it.

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