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Sneak Peak: Alstry's Digital Age

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June 23, 2010 – Comments (6)

I've read enough ALSTRY DIGITAL AGE articles to kill an economic recovery.....err wait....uhm...

Anyhow....  Here's what I believe strongly is what ALSTRY's  DIGITAL AGE would look like and it isn't pretty for you Conservatives out there....

1)  First imagine every product....every service... everything across the board is being done by robot, machine, computer, automation, non human entity.... whatever....  No Human Being is doing any work of any kind or any shape.

2)  Machines do not get paid....  Why would they?  They are not going to have need for money and if no one has money to buy goods and services then what's the point?

The money goes to YOU!    Even though you do not work.......  It goes to YOU so you can have a living....and ultimately.... buy goods and services so the DIGITAL AGE industry continues trucking along.

3)  The DIGITAL AGE can work once a few tweaks to our technology occurs....

First....  Almost everything may need to have access to the Internet to gather data....

Second....  Optical Scanning Machines would be attached all over the place to machines, computers, robots, so they can rocognize what they are looking at.

How does a robot perform surgery?    Robot needs to *see*

Today's optical scanners are used to scan checks and then compute that against balances to see if the bill is paid in full......

Tomorrow's scanners will be the Eyeballs of Robots as they look to spot the area they need to make the incision into your brain in order to surgically remove your brain cancer.  Or whatever ails you....

4)  If everyone is getting paid..... and no one is working.....What economic system would this generate?

Would we be a Communist Country where everyone just gets equal pay?

Would the Federal Government or Local Governments have to create a Formula to assign pay unequally among the masses.... So as to have a RICH class.. Middle Class... and Lower Class?

5)  Well... To answer those questions is simple......  Human Beings still need to be around for *LOGISTICS* purposes to the DIGITAL AGE.

Everyone actually WOULD have a job.... But it would only be to keep the Automations, Computers, Robots, in top shape... to Sustain them......

And while it is easy to visualize and picture America as a Communist Country in this atmosphere there is one HOPE in Pandora's Box for Conservatives out there.....

6)  Who OWNS the Robots?   Who Owns the Computers?  Who Owns any piece of the automation?

There will still be competition between 1 set of robots making chocolate treats to sell..... versus another set of Robots making slightly different kinds of chocolate treats to sell...

Hershy would still compete with See's Candy.... Rocky Mountain.... etc...  Competition still exists..

And someone owns/manages Hershey.... Someone has to make sure there are people to sustain the automation....

And as long as Artificial Intelligence never advances to autonomy....... There will always be the need for HUMAN KIND to come up with the GOODS and SERVICES and INVENTIONS people want in order for the ROBOTS / COMPUTERS to then provide them.

So..... The DIGITAL AGE.... Will still be about WORKERS.... JOBS.....  But....... 

Those who *work* to sustain the Digital Age are the LOWER CLASS......
Those who simply OWN a company or invention that's part of the Digital Age are the UPPER CLASS.

The Middle Class simply goes away...    You have only 2 classes.....  Workers + Owners.

Those who do not WORK and do not OWN will perish.

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM, blesto (32.40) wrote:

That's why I'm working as hard as I can now, to own as much as I can.

But I'll still want a hand crafted microbrew. ;)

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#2) On June 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM, russiangambit (29.16) wrote:

> Everyone actually WOULD have a job.... But it would only be to keep the Automations, Computers, Robots, in top shape... to Sustain them......

Kind of like today's IT and engineering jobs. The problems is (I am guessing here) only about 30% of population have predisposition to such jobs. What about the rest?

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#3) On June 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Griffin416 (99.98) wrote:

In such an imaginary world, well, it would not matter because it would take so long I would be dead.

Logistics aside, you don't need to work to be rich, simply buy shares of those companies that create the robots that will destroy humanity, get rich and lie on a beach or on the habitable Mars where the robot havn't been transported yet. Go ISRG, MAT, LMT!

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#4) On June 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

I can destroy it all with a huge magnet!

;) 

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#5) On June 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM, Melaschasm (57.38) wrote:

Sounds like someone has been reading Isaac Asimov books.  One of the novels Asimov wrote describes a world where robots provided for every need and want of the people. 

Spoiler Alert: 

 

Over time the incentive to create new technologies and innovations died away, and all advancements stopped.  Over the course of thousands of years, the entire civilization stagnated and finally went extinct. 

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#6) On June 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM, Varchild2008 (83.69) wrote:

Russiangambit

Well.. Just go back to my "Federal Government has to figure out a formular to disperse money around" theory...

The Digital Age is going to absolutely eliminate millions of jobs making human beings useless....other than as inventors or machinery sustainers....programmers......etc.

You are either of the 30% that are predisposed to sustaining all of this "Automatic this" and "Automatic That" that will be all around us..... 

Instead  of humans working the field..... Robots will.....  Robots will pick cherrys.......

What's cheaper than an Illegal Immigrant working for $2 a day to pick Cherries for a company?   A Robot working for NOTHING and doing the same job, but doing it far faster and better than the illegal immigrants.

So bottom line..... No matter how you look at it....  America and the World in the Digital Age will constantly have to battle between Free Market and Socialism as there's not enough jobs to go around to have a FREE MARKET  UTOPIA.

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