> Paul Hughes [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> >With the 100's of millions to be displaced by this sophisticated automation, >what kinds of jobs will they be able to do instead?
> You're missing one important fact; if banks and retail don't need many
> employees because most of their work can be handled over the Web, then the
> sacked employees can set up their own retail and banking sites in
> competition with their old employers. If all you need to be a retail company
> or a bank is a web site, then anyone can do it; though obviously in the
> banking case reputation could be a problem.
I agree here, assuming access to the internet gets sufficiently cheap and complex web site administration doesn't require the rigorous
training it does now. I just can't imagine the typical back teller learning the ins and outs of HTML, CGI, PERL and/or SQL. It must
become simpler to implement. Then we could see a full-scale Bazaar on our hands! That would be fun!