It’s Labor Day 2040. Tears of joy stream down a woman’s face. Her child looks up at her with curiosity. Standing in her automated kitchen, she begins to explain to her five-year-old son that today is Labor Day, a day of celebration of human freedom from work. She tells her son about how lucky he is that he will never need to have a job.
The boy looks at his mother and asks, “Mommy, what’s a job?” His mother explains that her parents once sat for eight hours each day, typing on a keyboard in a cubicle. The child asks, “What’s a keyboard?” but before the woman can answer the home care TeslaATON humanoid robot arrives to assist the boy in his personal morning hygiene. The ATON unit waves a waterless Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation wand around the boy and prints out his dissolvable jumpsuit. He is ready for another day of virtual reality coding, nanobot games and digital avatar MARS exploration. The mother wipes her face and finishes eating her 3D-printed nutrient-rich salmon squares. It is gonna be a great day.
This story may sound like science fiction, but many futurists, myself included, believe that this is the future in which we will soon live. We are about to enter the age of what I call abundant ubiquitous automation (AUA). We are becoming algorithmic gods. We have found the digital g-spot for human survival and a possible bridge to utopia.
We all work for different reasons. Some of us work just to eat. Some of us work to prove ourselves. Some of us work for fun. Wealthy teens are afforded a wide selection of choices for summer jobs, while impoverished teens must work at a job within walking distance from their homes. “Welcome to Walmart, kid. You don’t mind working 30 minutes overtime tonight for free, right?”
Automation is putting the control over our basic survival back into our hands, not the hands of Wall Street, governments and bankers. If I can use my [easyazon_link asin=”B00BFZOVGI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”seriou03-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”] 3D Printer[/easyazon_link] to print another 3D printer, then all bets are off. If I can 3D print a personal service robot to help me build my home, make my clothes, cook my food and walk my dog, then how much money do I really need? Could we see a near future filled with 10 hour work weeks?
Imagine a world filled with automation robots that self replicate. These automated robots will mine near earth astroids and send back humanoid robot workers to help us do the work that is dangerous and dreary here on Earth.
It’s 2014 and we already write code for robots that make our pizzas and serve our beer. We have codes and machines right now that can write news articles, scan our faces for diseases, drive us to work at Google, vacuum our homes and separate our ores. Automation is the future. Are you ready?