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Are we speciating into Eloi and Morlocks?

By Heraclitusstudent following x   2017 Jun 13, 6:10pm 937 views   6 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


https://www.yahoo.com/news/job-market-divide-threatens-social-cohesion-oecd-145232442.html
Social cohesion is under threat as medium-skilled jobs disappear in favour of better paid jobs requiring high qualifications and low-paid, unskilled work, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned Tuesday.

1   Quigley   ignore (0)   2017 Jun 13, 7:04pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

No. This article is flat wrong. Even low paid low skill workers are too expensive. The future will look like this:
1)high skilled workers will be in demand
2)low skilled workers in first world countries will just exist on welfare.
3)low skilled workers in third world nations will be exploited mercilessly, as manufacturers seek to make the manufacturing process more and more affordable. Since robots are fairly inexpensive compared to a decently paid worker, these workers who replace robots will be worked 16 hour days, fed a steady diet of drugs to keep them alert and productive, and fed minimally to keep costs low. If cost/production ratio ever falls below 1/100, that worker will be starved to death and dumped at sea.

That's the future.
Unless radical political/distribution change.

However, there is some hope. Anti-aging drugs are only a decade away. With them it's possible that you could reset the clock to age 30 or 40. If people don't have to die, they don't need to have kids so fast, overpopulating the planet. Technology is pretty much our only way out, aside from draconian measures.

2   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Jun 13, 7:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Quigley says

1)high skilled workers will be in demand

2)low skilled workers in first world countries will just exist on welfare.

Agree and agree

Quigley says

3)low skilled workers in third world nations will be exploited mercilessly, as manufacturers seek to make the manufacturing process more and more affordable. Since robots are fairly inexpensive compared to a decently paid worker, these workers who replace robots will be worked 16 hour days, fed a steady diet of drugs to keep them alert and productive, and fed minimally to keep costs low. If cost/production ratio ever falls below 1/100, that worker will be starved to death and dumped at sea.

Disagree. Eventually they will get the right education too, and catch up with the developed world.
The success of an individual in the future lies in what he/she can do that not many others can do. As you mentioned, those who cannot or will not do anything will be subjected to welfare or minimum guaranteed income.

3   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (1)   2017 Jun 13, 11:15pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Not talking specifically of jobs and who does them, but we are forming zip codes of smart/rich people who have it good and zip code for the rest of the peasants.
Most smart people will marry each other, and the rest will also marry each other. If the 2 groups don't diverge genetically, they will politically.

4   Quigley   ignore (0)   2017 Jun 13, 11:23pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Heraclitusstudent says

but we are forming zip codes of smart/rich people who have it good and zip code for the rest of the peasants.

I think that's a fait accompli.

People pay more for the nicer zips, with the better schools full of better kids with better parents. I've done the same so I know from experience.





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