New research referenced in a Wall Street Journal article shows just how much the world of routine work has collapsed, citing that over the course of the last two recessions and recoveries (since 2001), the economy’s job growth has come entirely from non-routine work. This comes at a time when an increasing number of scholars, politicians, and citizens are talking about basic income as a solution to what some see as an inevitable job loss from technological advancement. Sources note that we no longer need to all humans to work, as we once did, for everyone to live comfortably and that we need to adjust our expectations and values accordingly.
For more information on technological job loss and basic income, see:
Josh Zumbrun, “Is Your Job ‘Routine’? If so, It’s Probably Disappearing” Wall Street Journal. April 8, 2015
Matt & Mike, “Episode 153 – Basic Benjamins” Robot Overlordz. March 5, 2015.
Scott Santens, “Yes, it really is different this time and humans need not apply” scottsantens.com, January 15, 2015.
Alan Watts, “Money, Guilt, and the Machine” via ScottSantens.com.No date.