When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.
@yogthos Image description: A scanned excerpt, reading:
by a computer, reduced to an IBM card and filed away.
CLARKE: The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That's why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.
@yogthos I like that quote. And Clarke is correct: the current system thrives on keeping a large amount of people poor and struggling. Those who are making money face a paradox: automation is cheaper than humans, but that means the humans have less money to buy stuff, and more time to throw fits.
@yogthos I just spotted that same message on Twitter. This you? https://twitter.com/abenanav/status/1359619276576022531?s=20
@yogthos Communism doesn't work, socialism too. And what system will be more efficient than capitalism?
@Revertron @yogthos there are a lot of people who waste a lot of time and energy helping "unknown" people. You can start with the people who makes open source stuff (like this platform we're using,) or people who feeds hungry people all around the globe. Most of the people that don't work today, is because this system doesn't help them do whatever they want to do, but even if they don't want to work, it should be allowed, we have a lot of food, and we can produce even more with almost no effort.
@Revertron @ninesigns @yogthos if you're talking about gold plated phones or that shit the free market is heading towards, then no, probably not. If you're talking about anything that will improve people's lives, then I don't see why not. The question will be "will this help?" instead of "will this make me tons of money?"
@grilix @ninesigns @yogthos Almost all animals have these intents, and especially primates, and we somehow don't have them? :)
Anyway, why I should work hard and pay very big taxes to feed those, who doesn't work?
Don't say that robots will do all the hard work for me, we don't have such technology yet.
@grilix @ninesigns @yogthos If the need defines goods that I will have, then I will procreate indefinitely to grow my family and my family needs. And I will waste 80% of it!!! Because the state will give me more! It has plans!
And I don't give a fuck how many good and super-minded people will work for that!
@Revertron @ninesigns @yogthos if we really wanted to, I'm pretty sure we'll have the technology in a couple of years or so. The main issue would be convincing people that we can't just focus on money, but we also need to take into account millions of people suffering, in hunger, overworking. We need to start improving people's lives even if that's not profitable. They don't need to work to have a decent life, yet, when people have a decent life, most of them will contribute back.
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