So you're in support of the average bludger then just because they don't have a massive impact on the budget?
Again, not speaking of those legitimately on welfare.
Is that what I'm meant to be understanding?
Spooler wrote:We're right at the start of the robot age, this is actually going to become a serious problem, how do we deal with unemployment when there's simply fewer things we need humans to do ?
That's rediculous - robots don't cause unemployment, they create the opposite. It creates new jobs and new opportunities and history is evidence of this. If you look at the historical unemployment rate, you’ll see that with technology advancing, unemployment has actually stayed the same or declined. There's a good article on this (and plenty of others on the web);
http://www.wired.com/2014/08/when-robot ... -us-to-do/
It's a problem but also not a problem - it's only a problem when the machine replaces the job and there's the unsettlement period but we adapt. There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently experiencing, but nonetheless there.
For example, bread making (to put it simply);
What actually happens is that we now need 50 people to make our bread and perhaps one to maintain the bread kneading machines. This leaves 49 people without a job: the robots have stolen the work. So, what do the 49 people do? Just curl up and die without work or an income?
No, of course not, because human desires and wants are infinite. So, what the 49 people go off and do is satisfy some other human desire given that we no longer need them to make the bread that is the staff of life. And if can be anything. Be a librarian, a ballet dancer, steel worker, lawn maintenance operative. This is what has actually happened as we have automated jobs in the past.
Robots will not be able to fulfill every job - and that's where we as humans will adapt. Perhaps not so much the bludgers... they'll just continue bludging - while the legitimate contributing human being will go out and seek new work or what not.