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  •  well, work will change (1+ / 0-)
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    as it always has. While one can easily imagine the production of goods being completely automated, and perhaps even their transportation, other aspects of economic life seem less likely. Imagine the expense of a robot that came with the capabilities of a Norm Abram (from This Old House). Building a house is easy, but diagnosing and fixing problems is incredibly difficult. I am not saying that in theory, at some point in the future, a robot could not do the job, but I am dubious that such a robot could be manufactured at a cost that would be lower than a skilled carpenter.
         More than a century ago, Mark Twain observed that the difference between work and play was largely that work was paid and forced, whereas play was unpaid and freely chosen. Mountain climbing, for instance, is incredibly demanding physically, but we call it recreation. In the future, perhaps work will be redefined to encompass most of what we now call leisure time activities. Even today, people describe going to the gym in the tones used for going to a job.

    "Something has gone very wrong with America, not just its economy, but its ability to function as a democratic nation. And it’s hard to see when or how that wrongness will get fixed." Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

    by Reston history guy on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:37:39 PM PDT

    •  It's a matter that all of the activity (2+ / 0-)
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      that we traditionally think of as working deserving pay is going to disappear in the next 10-20 years. It is not. But enough of it is likely to to create a very major economic displacement.

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