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Mon Mar 26, 2012, 12:54 PM

36. Some people have seen this coming for decades!

From Norbert Weiner, one of the 'fathers' of the cybernetic revolution to R. Buckminster Fuller. It started with automation and industrial robots in factories. When I started to get really interested in future studies, I tried to talk to people about this, with the usual reply being: "Automation may replace factory jobs; but, there will always be the 'service economy.'"

I don't think a neo-luddite approach is either workable or even the best way to go. I go with the "technoprogressive position:

"The wealth and leisure created by automation should be shared equitably by all through a basic income guarantee and shorter work week."

A poll of readers on the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies site shows that most readers agree with the idea of a Universal Basic Income. That idea was proposed by Thomas Paine in his Agrarian Reform pamphlet, and endorsed by people from R. Buckminster Fuller to conservative economist Milton Friedman (He proposed a Negative Income Tax system).

By the way, txlibdem, you might want to check out Eric Drexler's post on his upcoming book: Radical Abundance.

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