|Federico Pistono knows automation threatens jobs. As the author of Robots Will Steal Your Jobs, But That's OK, Pistono suggests that in order to deal with it, he thinks we need massive social change.|
In his book, Pistono points to the power of exponential technology on the economy and how artificial intelligence and robots like Rethink Robotic's Baxter, pictured above are destined to increase unemployment. This work compliments Martin Ford's, The Lights in the Tunnel and Race Against The Machine, by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. Unlike those books though, Pistono suggests quite a radical way of dealing with technological unemployment.
Quoting Arhur C. Clarke who said, "The goal of the future is full unemployment so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system," Pistono points out that while his ideas may sound radical, they are actually possible with technology, resources and a bold vision.
According to Pistono, for hundreds of years there was a correlation of growth and quality of life, because you needed to go from having nothing to having a good standard of living. Once a certain point is reached, this correlation no longer holds. This is because there was no causation; it was just a correlation. One did not directly cause the other. Once some enabling factors come in you have this decoupling of growth and happiness and quality of life.
|Pistono with Ray Kurzweil|
Now in a great TEDx Talk in Vienna, Pistono merges the ideas in his book, with some new information from his time at SU.
Pistono suggests massive social change is needed to can change our attitude, our goals and our purpose. "Open source, D.I.Y innovators, self-sustaining communities: these will redefine our ideas of work. By letting go of the notion of infinite growth and labor for income, we can use that ingenuity instead, [...]to work less, have more free time, have more fulfilling lives, restore global balance and have a more resilient future."
If you like the talk as much as we do, we recommend you flag it to TED.
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