RE: Productive Employment [was Re: Six Billion and Beyond]

From: john grigg (
Date: Sun Mar 26 2000 - 15:49:26 MST

Hal wrote:
I would not be too smug about being irreplaceable just because we think we
are "above average". Picture a future where smart AIs do all the
intellectual work far less expensively than people could, while humans are
the drones doing the physical labor, flesh and blood being too cheap to be
worth replacing with metal.

This is a scary future scenario! And to help 'salve' human egos would the
federal government adopt a welfare-state system to an extent we have never

XLLB wrote:
The "have's" will make up only a little over 10% of the population, and the
2040s' version of today's high school educated, store clerk, single parent,
living in a slumlord's hovel, without medical insurance, will be one of the

Very disturbing! I would hope with the wave of technological progress
coming we will be able to see much more then 10% of the global population
live a comfortable life. And by 2040 won't the singularity wave or spike
have hit and transformed the global society (adequate shelter, food and
medicine) with nanotech and AI?


John Grigg
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