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There are a few ways to create many openings:

1. Legislate a maximum working hours (probably < 40 ) . 3 jobs at 40 hours per week becomes 4 jobs at 30 per week, 33% expansion, problem solved.

2. Allow humans to undercut automation in price competition (eg abolish minimum wage)

3. Expand government to employ people for whatever, just print the money you pay them.

Clearly these all come with unsatisfactory side-effects.

Maybe the fix is to end our obsession with creating jobs and jobs being the form of survival we offer our species. Imagine if we just created 600M jobs automating all the things so that those jobs would never (or nearly never) need to be done again? The future generations would need Billions of jobs! But no one would be worse off for it. Its like when a dishwasher became common place, suddenly kids were free to do more homework or facebook or xbox etc. Suddenly parents were more free not to have kids (to complete household chores). Etc etc. By automating and reducing the work that human kind has to do, we're enabling better lives all involved, including the displaced workers. Change hurts in the shortrun, but can bring utopia in the long run.




#2 is probably the absolute worst possible thing to be done, and perhaps the most likely thing to be done.

Abolishing minimum wage won't cause the costs of things to come down, but it will create even more people who are given no choice but to have a job that doesn't pay them enough to live, or starve.

"Imagine if we just created 600M jobs automating all the things so that those jobs would never (or nearly never) need to be done again? The future generations would need Billions of jobs! But no one would be worse off for it."

Except for the people who aren't able to buy food or put a roof over their heads because they don't have a job.

"By automating and reducing the work that human kind has to do, we're enabling better lives all involved, including the displaced workers."

You're gonna have to explain what's better about being evicted from your apartment because you can't pay rent.


You're missing the point that if automation does all the work there is no competitive reason not to lower the price down to near 0 (or the cost of capital, which at current interest rates is VERY low).

If I can get land, put robots on it and churn out apples, all entirely without my labor, and I can borrow the money for near free, at what price could I sell said apples for?




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