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AI Won't Save Us From Pointless Jobs Unless We Let It [ARTICLE]
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2017/12...8741465923

Quote:In his amusing but all-too-real essay On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobsanthropologist David Graeber argues that an epidemic of made-up jobs is subjecting grave psychological harm on the populous. “It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working,” he wrote. The side effect is a “scar across our collective soul” that virtually no one talks about.

“Rather than allowing a massive reduction of working hours to free the world’s population to pursue their own projects, pleasures, visions, and ideas, we have seen the ballooning not even so much of the “service” sector as of the administrative sector, up to and including the creation of whole new industries like financial services or telemarketing, or the unprecedented expansion of sectors like corporate law, academic and health administration, human resources, and public relations,” wrote Graeber.[...]

[...] At first glance, the biggest hurdle in the way of achieving this goal appears to be redefining wealth distribution. “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed,” said Stephen Hawking. “Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared.”

But how? A universal basic income might be tried, but could be exposed as a quick-fix. The risk of a basic income is that the current techno-capitalist system, while making us very comfortable and infinitely amused, might have produced too many creatively, intellectually and spiritually-hollow human beings for free money to magically make us all fulfilled overnight. So rather than give in to such path-of-least-resistance temptations as distributing wealth indiscriminately and creating what historian Yuval Noah Harari fears will be a massive ‘useless class’, we might take the more difficult road of reshaping society to encourage the pursuit of more purposeful and dignified work.


One of the things I hate the most about all forms of religion and spirituality that I've ever encountered, statism (the belief that government exists) included, is they all promote obedience and submission to things external to the person. All of them a glorified Procrustes bed mixed with a Skinner Box, molding people to fit itself and thus the whims of it's creator. This has the effect of dehumanizing and destroying a persons self respect. Measuring their worth by how "good" of a person others think they are. Such lack of self respect leads inevitably into the systems and problems described in the article. The only real solution that I've ever found is to help people respect themselves again. Understanding that, logically, they are the center of their own perceptual universe and that there's nothing wrong with that. From that foundation, that many today would mistakenly describe as wholly selfish thanks to their indoctrination, they can branch out and include more people and things that they care about without destroying themselves and others in the process.

After all, even if you wanted to, you can't help anyone if you've got nothing to help with.

Still, I'm curious what other peoples thoughts on the article and the matters it discusses is. What would your solutions be and why?
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Mediochre Wrote:One of the things I hate the most about all forms of religion and spirituality that I've ever encountered, statism (the belief that government exists) included, is they all promote obedience and submission to things external to the person. All of them a glorified Procrustes bed mixed with a Skinner Box, molding people to fit itself and thus the whims of it's creator. This has the effect of dehumanizing and destroying a persons self respect.
Agreed.

However, another way to lose self-respect is to have no job and the feeling that one has nothing to offer. It's going to be tricky to retire half the population and not exacerbate this issue.

~~ Paul
If the existence of a thing is indistinguishable from its nonexistence, we say that thing does not exist. ---Yahzi
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