Letters to the Editor: Embrace a future of shorter hours and shared wealth
Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30
I REFER to an article by Mr Brendan Keenan in the Irish Independent, July 31, 2014; "the machines will take our jobs if we don't get smart".
The machines are taking our jobs because we are smart; amazingly smart. Smart to genius levels of innovation and invention in automation that can do practically everything better, faster, more efficiently and in greater quantity than human labour ever could.
What is not so smart is pretending such technological development has no economic impact whatsoever and idiotic persistence with economic ideology and policy outdated and irrelevant in unprecedented conditions of abundance and leisure.