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I propose a world with our "work" or "jobs" based around education and machines/robotics doing our actual work.

Less time working. More time learning. More leisure time with family and friends.

Can we turn the money system that we are all part of now into a learning system that will benefit human kind? People have been scared of robotics taking over their "jobs" in the past and present but should this really scare us? In my eyes, this means we are on the verge of evolving from our working system. This would free people from their jobs and allow them to concentrate on what is more important not only for them but for the whole human race. I believe we could use the military's system of pay in the educational system. For each level of education you complete, you are bumped up. What better way to help the human race is there but by giving more incentive to go to school and keep learning through your whole life? Nothing in this world actually costs a thing. It is people charging people. We are focusing our lives too much on money. This money system is taking us down the wrong path.

Robotics are now becoming something that can be used for the greater good. They are not just tools to be used for businesses to profit from. We now see concepts of fully autonomous vehicles. Whole factories can be ran by machines. Soon we will have the technology to apply robotics to many or even most jobs that we think we "have" to do.

Wouldn't this be a bright future? People going to school for life. Our job would be to educate ourselves so that we can help build a better future. Think of the intelligence level of the average person. Think about how much we could improve upon if this system was put in place.

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  • Jul 21 2013: Thank you for asking the question.

    Education as an end all be all, I don't know.

    Did you build the house you live in?
    When was it last painted?

    Is every family's house built, water proof and painted?

    I am not sure work is such a thing as to be avoided.

    Work is other centered education if you approach it right.
    • Jul 22 2013: " I'm reminded of the adage, 'If you want a degree, go to college. If you want an education, go to your local library" -- My mother learned mostly from reading -- and she was quite smart. Unfortunately, she read everything from one perspective -- her own -- and that is not a true education. We see what we expect to see, we interpret according to our preconceived ideas; reading does not change that. In college we read the same books that she did, but the ideas were discussed among us, so we also learned to see things from a different perspective. The library has expanded exponentially with internet access, as has our exposure to other viewpoints. I, for one, love it! However, I would venture to guess that the vitriol that spews forth from some is because they have learned from only one perspective -- and because they are "smart" and "well read," they are certain they are right.

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