Death by Productivity [automation lit survey]greenspun.com : LUSENET : Human-Machine Assimilation : One Thread
death by productivityof personal careers, of automated enterprises, and potentially of civilized society itself.Automation and informating technology are allowing businesses to replace more and more people in the workplace with machines. Extrapolated to its logical conclusion, this trend toward maximizing productivity portends zero employment opportunities, as well as zero salaries with which people can purchase the output of automated facilities. Consequently, there is an impending disruptive "disconnect" between producers and consumers within the economy.
The common theme among the cited authors is a prediction that "overdosing" on productivity can be fatal. The implication of not seizing the important positive opportunities accompanying the productivity trend is death by productivityof personal careers, of automated enterprises, and potentially of civilized society itself.
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