Elon Musk Worries Our Lives Won’t Have “Meaning” When Robots Take Our Jobs

July 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Most of the jobs in the world today will be done by robots in a couple of decades, Elon Musk predicted at a World Government Summit a few months ago.

No need to worry about unemployment though, Musk says, we will almost certainly all receive a universal basic income just for existing.

The real problem will be finding a sense of purpose or “meaning” when our labor becomes obsolete, he says:

“There will be fewer and fewer jobs a robot cannot do better,” Musk says.

What to do about mass unemployment?

“Ultimately we will have to have some sort of universal basic income. I don’t think we’re going to have a choice.”

“With automation will come abundance. Almost everything will become very cheap … The harder challenge is how do people then have meaning? A lot of people derive meaning from their employment. If your not needed — if your labor is not needed — what’s the meaning? Do you have meaning? Do you feel useless? That’s a much harder problem to deal with.”

I don’t know if Musk’s techno-utopia will come true, but if it does and we’re all getting “money for nothing” I, for one, will not struggle to find meaning.

I’ll be lying around on a hammock in the sun, picking berries from my permaculture garden, reading books, writing, having tons of sex and occasionally taking a dip in the pool.

I never found “meaning” in any of my meaningless jobs, nor do 90 percent of other people I bet.

There is no purpose of life, and if there were, it certainly wouldn’t be “work.”

So all you have to worry about now Mr. Musk is who to pass on the “meaningful” jobs to when the artificial intelligence gets tired of them 🙂

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