Originally Posted by Michael Chui
What if those positions were automated?
Um, then they'd be automated. And you'd depend on those positions still. They currently aren't. We currently need a human being to put out fires and pick up garbage, harvest food, etc. What happens to the people
who depend on those positions for income when we give their job to a robot? Executive will get richer and perhaps people that "matter" will have access to cheaper goods, but moving to automation is not good for everyone. Look what has happened to small town America, who used to depend on their factory jobs. Entire communities have been decimated in the name of "progress". Not everyone wants to get a better job and make more money. Some people want a simple, familiar job; their idea of wealth is immaterial.