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  •  A two sided problem (0+ / 0-)

    I agree 100% that we need to increase education so people are capable of earning a living.

    However in the modern age the level of human ability needed to earn a livable wage is increasing.

    This is an ironic and problematic twist.

    The main issue at hand is as you describe, we have created technology and efficiency so those on the lower end of human potential have no truly useful roles left.

    The equation has evolved from "can a robot do it cheaper" . To "can the robot do it cheaper AND maintain a profit that allows us to subsidize the displaced worker"

    There are no viable alternatives for the displaced workers.

    If a robot can do a job for  $10  and human labor costs $12

    previously we would say that  using the robot would save us $2.

    The problem comes now that since that worker is now useless we may still need to give that workers $5 to survive. costing the world $3 to use the robot instead of the human worker.

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