I stumbled upon this tweet a while back about the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service:
And it made me think…
The idea of replacing human workers with robots has been toyed with since (probably) the start of the industrial era. The problem is that it would have a severe impact on the number of menial labour jobs available to the public.
Don’t get me wrong. It would be good (no, great!) if humans could start focusing their efforts on real innovation and progression instead of just trying to make a dollar by doing a brainless job.
But that’s not the reality of the situation.
With the population booming, there can’t possibly be academic or intellectual jobs for everyone… right?
If we really got serious about moving beyond “just making a buck” and actually strive to grow and constantly learn, we could readily give up our menial jobs to the robots so that humans can get busy doing more important things.
The whole point of technology is to enable the human race to solve their menial problems so that they can move onto solving bigger problems.
Until we come to realize that, we’re just going to continue trying to flip companies, make useless apps for our phones, and live paycheque to paycheque so that we can get drunk on weekends before having to head back to our “boring” jobs on Monday.
It’s time to embrace technology as a mechanism for solving our problems so that we can go to the next level as a society before we just stagnate in this era of pointless entertainment and consumerism.
Otherwise, we risk losing the middle class (and widening the social divide) as we tread down this inevitable path of solving menial problems without chasing the bigger ones.