This article misses the point. Assuming robotics renders many jobs obsolete AND we have the means to provide a basic living wage to all, this has the potential to free up masses of people to spend their time on things more meaningful to their lives than their jobs.
Comments on an article by Yuval Noah Harari
Monday 8 May 2017 06.00 BST
As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose
“USELESS CLASS”? REALLY?
…it is unclear whether 40-year-old unemployed taxi drivers or insurance agents will be able to reinvent themselves as virtual-world designers.
That’s hardly the only option, AND it completely ignores the likelihood that these people have passions in their lives that are not their jobs.
The real problem will then be to keep the masses occupied and content. People must engage in purposeful activities, or they go crazy. So what will the useless class do all day?
Now, I choose to believe that this will not be a problem for MOST people. People will be able to take time to be artists, farmers, teachers; to help those who are in need, or lonely, …
This is not a problem, it is something we should look forward to.