Technology, Employment and New Life over the Next 50 Years…

Technology, Employment and New Life over the Next 50 Years…
2nd March 2016 Barry J. Murphy

One of the biggest challenges facing the human race in the future stems from two absolute facts. The first is that the population of the world is increasing at a serious speed, and the second is that technology is about to do away with the need for millions and probably billions more employees. Let’s take a look at how technology and robots will possibly influence the world over the next 50 years, how that might influence the human race, and what we humans might do to turn the changes into positives rather than negatives.

Google have tested a driverless car over a 3,000 mile journey around the United States, with no accidents.  But why will we need cars at all? Perhaps we will have flying cars of some sort. No costly roads to build and maintain, no tyres to buy. Silent flying cars, with vertical lanes instead of horizontal. Boeing are creating a plane that will travel at 4,000 miles per hour which gets you from New York to London in 50 minutes, or from London to Sydney in 3 1/2 hours, and all with no pilots. Will you be able to make love over the internet by somehow making touch and smell possible online? Amazon is already delivering post/parcels using drones. Internet access will be available in every square meter of the globe within the next 10 years. Picture an automated restaurant with no waiters or chefs. You order your food from a touch screen on your table and, using robots and conveyor belts, your steak is delivered to your table exactly how you ordered it, with no human error in the cooking. Automated tractors will plough the land and set seeds and then harvest the crops as well. Medical diagnosis will be conducted by plugging yourself into a machine, much like faults in cars are analysed now, but you will have this diagnostic machine at home. Without going any further, let’s take a look at the consequences of some of the above.

Now, we have got rid of X millions of all types of drivers, be they truck drivers, taxi drivers and even pilots. Gone also are restaurant staff and postmen, as well as machine operators. Not to mention a huge percentage of medical staff, be they nurses or doctors, which also eliminates quite a few admin people, cleaners and porters in hospitals.  There will be 3D and 4D, or maybe 5D (whatever that is!) cinemas in your home. The list goes on and on.

Oh, what a horrible cold image! But where does all the above leave us now? Seven or twenty billion people in an ever increasing automated world means that if the remaining workload (after the robots) was shared equally, then the calculation would show that each person would only need to work X minutes per week, whatever X is. How will the human race handle this situation? A third world war and dispose of 90% of the population? Ah, maybe that’s Putin’s, Obama’s and Merkel’s long term plan for the Ukraine! Well if it is, we best kick that robot out of the bed and enjoy what time we have left by sharing real love!

This all leaves the power in the hands of the tech heads of the world, but if they don’t share their wealth, who will buy their products and services? How will they share their wealth at the same time as reducing employment so drastically? Perhaps they will deliver money to each household by drone, once a month for nothing, just so you can buy their products and services again. Tax and social welfare payments it’s called, is it not?! Think about all the time the redundant doctors, nurses, drivers, teachers and pilots, to name but a few, will have to make love all day and night!  Ooops, the population is increasing again! Counter productive!

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