Redirect your desires toward more lasting pursuits. Find happiness there.
— Steve Jobs (via aberminimal)
Just a few shots from around Downtown Salt Lake City.
March 1, 2014
I was going to make this a series of tweets, but Nick Bilton pointed out that it should be a blog post if it takes more than one tweet.
I keep thinking about how insane the whole idea of “creating jobs” is the best solution for everything really is. It’s not. Especially since so many of the jobs are going to be replaced over the next 25 years by robots who can do them in half the time for half the cost.
So since there’s no really avoiding that eventuality, we should focus on what work will look like in 50 years. This “post-work” society has a few main aspects to it: automation of blue collar and retail jobs, universal basic income, and fewer working hours.
To almost everyone reading this they may think of the horrifying world that may be, but there’s a really, really good chance it’s a better option that the current stat of affairs.
With basic income taking care of the reason most people work now (paying for basic necessities like shelter, utilities, and food), people have a few options. They could not work at all and live a very stingy life. Or (the more likely scenario), they’ll start doing work, but doing something that they actually enjoy. They might only work a few days a week and, even then, only a few hours a day. They’d spend the rest of the time doing things that actually make them happy (and healthy) like spending time with family and friends, or playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, reading, etc. You know, all the stuff we can only do on weekends and evenings because we’ve created a system that sucks for humans, but is great if you’re a robot.
Wait! People aren’t working 8-5 everyday? Yep, and they’ll be a lot better off than almost everyone nowadays. We often equate working as better and not working all the time as laziness. That’s just bullshit. You may be working, but if your work is pointless/meaningless/doesn’t provide value, then it’s really just a waste of time.
In 50 years or so when we’re living in that post-work society, while not everything will be sunshine and rainbows, we’ll still be a whole lot better off than we are now. The funny thing is, if we reorganized our priorities to focus on what’s meaningful (people, things we like to do/make us happy, health, etc) instead of what’s not (money, profits, etc), we could make it a reality sooner than we think.
It would be hard, and take some time, and some people might not like it, but you’ll realize that the way our economy and society works right now isn’t the best way, or even a great way, to live.
We can do better. Why not do it sooner?
New Years 2014 (Part 2). Denver.
New Years 2014 (Part 1). Salt Lake City/Denver.