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Re: “When work is done by robots, what will happen to workers?

The seeds for the post-scarcity social movement in our society were planted at least 200 years ago with the industrial revolution... 100 years ago, subsistence farming as a way of life in this country was all but a memory because machines were already so much more efficient than people at producing food that it became cheaper to buy food than to grow it by hand and impossible to produce enough to profitably sell without capital (eg, tractors).

Before the first food stamp program 80 years ago, there was starvation in America. Starvation is unpopular enough that today, citizens of this country are guaranteed food to eat. There exists a pilot program in Utah that provides the homeless with studio apartments at public expense because the data clearly demonstrates that it's cheaper to house the homeless than to pay for the medical costs etc associated with living outside.

Due to the clear social & economic benefits associated with a guaranteed basic income for citizens, it will happen sooner or later. It might not happen tomorrow, but it could happen sooner than one might expect.

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Posted by fundamentallyascorbic on 01/30/2016 at 7:54 PM

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