The result of automation and artificial intelligence is to put people out of work and concentrate the wealth in a smaller number of hands.
It can end up with a divided nation – the extremely wealthy and the destitute.
However, in the right hands it could end up with a three day week, job sharing, a sharing of the increased wealth and greater leisure and prosperity for all!
I wonder which it will be?
Here’s so Woody Guthrie thoughts on the matter:
‘I went to work in a big steel mill
And I guess I’d have been there still:
But they invented a big machine
And a million men went over the hill
To the poor house – unwanted,
Unneeded, unwelcome guests.’
‘I always thought of a big machine
As the way the Lord his people blessed;
But in the hands of the selfish man,
The more you’re blessed, the worse it gets.’