It is questionable in my mind whether jobs for people will even exist 100 years from now. Most certainly there will be far fewer of them. We see many signs of automation reducing the number of jobs in just about every profession today. In the not too distant future technology will largely make most if not all human jobs obsolete. The writing is clearly on the walls whether we admit it or not. Thing we thought not possible technology is doing today. There are no Google like cars on the road navigating our busy streets with pedestrians, bicycles, and other cars and road obstetrical that are navigating our streets now. They get smarter as they learn to recognizes objects and avoid collisions and navigate around them. This is just one example of smart technology which is being successfully developed.
This puts in question the entire concept of an economic system where wages in terms of money from jobs are exchanged for goods and services. My conclusion is that the value of money will eventually become meaningless and obsolete as jobs disappear and hopefully that technology will become our willing partners and servant. If machines can think 100 years from now I hope they will be programmed to take pride in their service to us. We will all hopefully be treated like the family in Downton Abbey where the servants will be replaced by machines.
If there are still people working they will most likely be working in a virtual worlds where they feel like working with other people cooperatively provided by virtual technology. Though I have no doubt a virtual world such as the Holodeck of Star Trek (see Part 2: Technology) for you Trekkies will exist for remote social gatherings or even artificially generated gatherings I am skeptical whether many functional job will still exist 100 years into the future. Keep in mind that modern-day computers really did not come into practical being until some time after the transistor and integrated circuit were invented about 50 years ago and see how far we have advanced in just the last 50 years. This is a logical conclusion like many things I have said in this Series, not necessarily what I wish it to be.
Individuals may want to do work like activities simply for the intellectual or physical challenge of it like a hobby. One can write a book and blog it to the virtual world or run a marathon. There would be almost no limit as to what a person might want to do as a hobby or activity. One can view this as being born into retirement and enjoying life while still fit and healthy. Everything will be free so all will be equal in the comforts of life. People who want to strive to be intellectually or physically proficient at something can aspire to do so. There will be no reward other than the achievement itself. They may gain some stature making them feel proud of their accomplishments but there will be no other rewards.
This may sound like socialism and in its purest form it is. I am not for or against this. But socialism is an economic system and what I am proposing is that there is no economic system. I am extrapolating what I see about job being taken over by technology in 100 years. It is a logical conclusion, not an idealistic one. Money didn’t always exist. It evolved from nothing more than 12,000 years ago to trading shells 8,000-10,000 years ago to money perhaps 7,000 years ago when man started to count. Man has existed for more than 500,000-1,000,000 years. Nothing last forever including man and money. But hopefully he will be around for a few hundred more years until machines realize that it is not worth their effort to serve man or something else happens.
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