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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 22 2013: I don't approach this from the philosophical side, but from the practical, looking at the past rather than hypothesizing about the future, and that gives me big problems with Dalton Beebe's proposal.

    "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. .... Soon we will have the technology to apply robotics to many or even most jobs that we think we "have" to do."

    We've already had robotic technology for more than a generation in some industries. In the auto industry, thousands of jobs have been replaced by technology. Let's say that in a different way: Thousands of workers have lost their jobs. Have they then been able to "concentrate on what is more important not only for them but for the whole human race"? No, it's taken all their energy just to stay one step above poverty and, with structural long-term unemployment, they are losing that race.

    Consider the retail industry. When was the last time you went into a store (other than an Apple store) and found it well enough staffed to offer any semblance of basic customer service? Why is that? E-commerce doesn't require much human labor other than the few who work in highly automated distribution centers. Where have these displaced retail personnel gone to? Not to focus on "what's good for the whole human race"; that's for sure. Many have become underemployed part-time workers - greeters at a local Wal-Mart or working at a fast food shop.

    Try to tell them, by the way, that money is a fake system. Are they to live by love alone? Why has governmental belt-tightening around the world led to economic hardship for most citizens? Because money is NOT fake. It's an essential to growth of individual independence.

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