The use of robots is both amazing and scary. Here’s a look at a fleet of robots used in an Amazon.com warehouse to move products to men and women who pack the orders.
The technology is amazing–and it’s no longer several decades into the future.
But as “labor-saving” devices, robots are also scary. I.e., every bit of “labor” that’s “saved” represents another man or woman who no longer has a job. Robots may be great for corporate profits, but they’re terrible for employment rates.
As we have more and more robots, we’ll also have more and more unemployed. As society becomes increasingly technological, more and more people (especially those with low IQs and/or poor educations) are going to become permanently unemployable.
What will we do with the rising numbers of unemployed and unemployable?
I see three possibilities:
1. Kill them (or at least neuter them).
If we don’t eliminate the unemployable, they will breed, breed, breed. Mostly, their children will also be unemployable. If the breeding lasts long enough, the nation will be overrun with people who are so unemployable that they are little more than “parasites” or, (as Henry Kissinger once remarked) “useless eaters”–and “useless breeders,” too.
2. Ignore them.
If they’re too dumb or lazy to get a job, screw ’em, right? But if we leave the unemployable to their impoverished fate, they will naturally resort to crime and predation in order to survive and feed their families.
3. Subsidize them with welfare.
Take money from the people who have jobs (and are productive) and from corporations who have profits to support the people who are unemployed, unemployable and non-productive.
We’re already doing this to some surprising degree. Some states provide over $30,000 per year in welfare for the unemployed. Hawaii reportedly hands out up to $60,000 a year. You could retire in frozen Minnesota on roughly $1,200 a month ($14,400/year) on So-So Security, or you could move to sunny Hawaii, establish residency, and claim $60,000 a year in welfare while you “chill” on the beach.