Monday 29 May 2017

Work is dead -- and good riddance to it

The world's first computer, designed at Manchester University in 1948. Technology like this has changed the way we work
The world's first computer, designed at Manchester University in 1948. Technology like this has changed the way we work

THE response to Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv's initiative on social welfare projects, whether favourable or otherwise, is a clear indication that there is a total misunderstanding of the world employment conditions with which we now live.

No commentator has identified the absolute change that has occurred to the "job market" and the role that work must play in future society. Work has had a dual role in society; it provided the goods and distributed the wealth. Methods of producing the goods constantly improved with inevitable job loss, but there were always other avenues for redeployment of workers.

Not any more. We have tipped the balance. We can supply more and more with less and less. Technology has changed the whole world of work. We no longer need the jobs to supply the goods; we only need them to distribute the wealth. Until we accept this we have no hope of developing a strategy to cope with the technological commercial world of the 21st Century.

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