NASA projects that within 50 years just about every job will be replaced by robots, technology and artificial intelligence. Now first let's put this in prospective. 50 years ago NASA assume we would all be engaging regularly in space travel yet we can't even get flights out of New York City in time.
Still, there is no doubt that jobs at every level are going to going away. So what to do with the people? Only a small percentage of the population will be needed to do the programming and maintain the hardware. Technology will drive out cars, robots and online teaching instruction will teach our children while artificial intelligence will do our taxes.
Do we totally transform our society away from work and towards community and family? How do we compensate people and how we will value contribution to man? Will we establish a living income while the machines toil away doing what we used to? Millions of years ago work centered around feeding a family. Then came primary inventions like the wheel and more advanced hunting tools that led to formalized means of work. Is this another reinvention of mankind?
Or, will 90% of the human race sink into deep poverty unable to properly care for themselves while a select lucky few make a very good living off the machines. If we don't want a world of massive poor how do we get our leaders to build a better future, particularly when we already see the destruction of economic well being in advanced countries?
A child born today at some point will likely become redundant and obsolete as a worker bee. Will they live a life of comfort and commitment to others or be mired in extreme poverty? Will they and just about all others see a much shorter lifespan plagued by hunger, disease and despair? We already see big increases in middle age people due to substance abuse, stress related diseases and suicide. Is this a foreboding look at the future?