Increasingly, intelligent computers are taking over more and more intellectual jobs hitherto considered ‘safe’ from automation, author Tom Kenis argues. Where will it end? Kenis points to a basic guaranteed income as a way forward.
The world as we know it is coming to an end. A succession of inventions threatens existing economic activities and the income they provide. The political world is slow in responding to the social challenges of a new economic paradigm.
The above will sound familiar to contemporary commentators and historians alike. Similar words were used to describe the first industrial revolution some two hundred years ago – artisans giving way to Spinning Jenny’s, Slubbing Billy’s and so on. Innovation did not, as feared, lead to mass unemployment. However, it took almost a hundred years of strikes, and lobbying by unions and workers parties before the exploitation of these…
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