- Arne Strout
- Riverside, CA
- United States
If menial labor is necessary for society to function, can society be made more equal by robotic automation?
It is an intrinsic part of society at large that certain jobs will have to be done. Thankless jobs, and jobs for which no-one feels they need to pay a premium. For example, a stock broker may make many hundreds of times as much money as a waste management engineer, or a garbage man, but our societies cannot function without garbage men. If these sorts of "undesirable" jobs could be offloaded to automated AI driven robotics would that improve society over-all or would the resulting shortage of jobs cause more harm than good? Can we automate the tasks required for a basic level of human dignity (housing, food, clothing, plumbing, water, electricity) and still gainfully employ everyone?