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People continue to be laid-off from their jobs. Automation is increasing. Things made by hand are decreasing. The costs to produce (copy) some items is very close to zero (e.g., music and books).

No Humans, Just Robots - Amazing Videos of the Modern Factory: http://singularityhub.com/2010/02/11/no-humans-just-robots-amazing-videos-of-the-modern-factory/

Given this potential for automation, does the future potentially hold a limit on the amount of value most people will be able to contribute? As lower value jobs decrease due to automation, while higher value jobs require ever-greater skills and knowledge (e.g., scientists, engineers), what do you think will happen? Is it possible that many industries will rely almost completely on automation? What does increased automation mean for people's future?


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Feb 22, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=119

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