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Erik Richardson

Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.


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How will you spend your time and/or make a living between ages 60 and 100?

As improved medicine and machinery continue to expand our lifespans in the developed world, the current model in which we work until age 65 +/- and then "retire" seems sadly outdated. New questions begin to arise, though, when we reflect on how we will each make a living and how we will make a life. I am excited to see what kind of ideas you all come up with.

One particular question related to the model is this: if someone goes back to school to re-tool for a whole new career at, say, 50, will they get hired into career-track positions where they could work for 20 years?


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  • Jul 22 2012: One may see humanity future abundant of products humans need. Perhaps in very near future one's need of hunger, clothing, shelter, etc. will be satisfied by an robotic network available all around the globe and even some outer space.

    Even today more than 20% of people (USA followed by almost every country) are "unemployed". In other words the other part of humans using today's technology manage to produce enough goods and services for all. One may consider also the fact that not all those goods and services really satisfy needs - some of them are based on "wants". Also may consider people who just wait for the end of the month doing noting productive to get paid (not because they want to - but because this is the "job"). Productive part (even today) in the most cases - looks to be done by machines.

    One of the versions of answer may be offered here can be that we will not have to retire in the world where no one has job. All we may do that time is to travel, learn directly in the field and create/invent/update new, open source solutions for humanity use. Monetary system perhaps will disappear since it's not needed anymore in abundant world. Anytime, anywhere on the planet we will be able to benefit from shelter, transportation, food...

    Tomorrow we may change our "job"/location every single day - and the only pay back we will benefit from may be that our ideas/results will get implemented in global technological solutions to serve humanity we are part of.

    In fact, looks pretty hard to guess what human may do in the future since environment changes so fast that tomorrow may look completely an alien world for today's humans."
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      Jul 23 2012: I like your ideas, Dorian. Unfortunately, there will always be people who try to artificially restrict the supply in order to profit. Leisure time and technology are (and will continue to be) no different than diamonds in that respect. Look at businesses today. They could EASILY give their employees more vacation time - but then the company that gave more vacation time might fall behind the profit level of the ocmpany that didn't (let's set aside worker morale - that's a whole separate discussion). That means the people at the top don't make as fat a profit this quarter, and the ripples of oppression spread from there . . .

      Thinking of a solution path for that, though, opens up the door to some really interesting possibilities.
      • Jul 23 2012: 100 years ago the majority of humans on Earth would tell you with certainty: "humans will never fly - and it will be always this way".

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