Required Reading: The Voluntaryist Reader – But Wouldn’t Robots Take Over?

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A few posts ago, I spoke about the apparent evils of outsourcing.  The sort of outsourcing discussed was moving jobs to another geographic location in order to save money on labor.  That’s not the only kind of outsourcing though.

It is possible to outsource a job to technology.  Computers become a more important part of our lives each day and most people use some sort of computer as a major part of their job.  Technology has made each of us so much more efficient.  But every time we see an increase in the amount of technology we use, it’s met with the inevitable “If we keep replacing jobs with computers, we’re not going to have any jobs left!”

I recently found an article on the blog called The Voluntaryist Reader discussing just this.  For this edition of Required Reading, please read “But Wouldn’t Robots Take Over?

It’s short and straight to the point.  It debunks the myth that by increasing our reliance on technology, we’ll eventually innovate ourselves into economic ruin.  See if you can apply this to other types of outsourcing as well.

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wheylous
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Hey, writer of the article here. Thanks so much for the link! We’re a new blog and trying to grow, so this is very much appreciated!

Luck in your endeavors!

Rollo McFloogle
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No problem! I’m well aware of your blog and really love what you guys are doing over there. Keep up the good work.

wheylous
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Thanks! You keep up your end of the fight 🙂

lance
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We’ve probably all studied enough calculus to suggest that life is more like min – max than linear progression. And while its unlikely that all jobs become automated (highest paid job in a lumber mill is the one who determines grade) it is very likely that jobs requiring the least skill will be the ones automated first. So, if robots continue to progress, likely, the unskilled labour will be the most affected with diminishing returns over time. (fork lift drivers followed by saw sharpeners). As the mill is able to employ less and less people each year while maintaining through… Read more »
Rollo McFloogle
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I read a comment online the other day that perfectly sums up my feelings in response to you:

“If advanced technology hurts workers, then perhaps instead of using trucks to move goods between cities, we should hire people to carry the loads on their backs. This would employ far more workers than the current shipping industry. Hell, we could end unemployment tomorrow!”

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Anarcho_Capitalism/comments/14m9ro/kruman_says_robots_and_robber_barons_are_the/c7ehoqx

Rollo McFloogle
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But to deal with your point regarding the business taking control of government, isn’t that indicative of a systematic problem of government? It’s not the fault of markets.

As for Cortez, I feel that is a red herring…it doesn’t have much to do with the topic at hand.

If the elite don’t need anything from anyone else, wouldn’t the non-elites need something from everyone else?

slappyjones2
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Who financed Cortez?

lance
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The point about Cortez was more about the reduction in population allowing the elite to continue. They still found enough memes to manually carry the gold from Mexico City to the port of Verecruz despite the population reduction. And it was totally on their backs. The Mexicans didn’t need the Spanish, and I don’t need the Koch brothers. However, Dick Cheney has a bit more ability to affect my wellness than I do his. As for me, without the elite, I bet I would be just fine because secretly, I don’t really give a rip about them any more than… Read more »
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