[Discussion] Where do humans fit economically in a society sustained by robots/machines?
Last night I attended a small economic debate at my university and the topic of humans having no economic value in a society that doesn't need them for any sort of manual labor came up. We discussed what would humans "do for a living" in a hypothetical world in which machines operated everything.
A few points that were mentioned: Humans in any service industry would become a luxury good, human's "purpose" would shift to something else and how would the wealth be distributed fairly since it's probable that the top 1% would own all of the machines. Someone suggested that Marx was right all along and that in an utopian society with everything taken care of for us, we'd all be free to pursue our "true" callings, so we'd all be happily exchanging poems and paintings.
What is your take on all of this? I'm genuinely curious.
Submitted March 07, 2017 at 11:18AM by juanacape
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