Pub­lic ser­vice can re­place em­ploy­ment

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

What will hu­mans do now that ro­bots, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and other au­ton­o­mous be­ings are rapidly re­plac­ing the need for hu­man la­bor al­most ev­ery­where?

Pick­ing up on pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that would guar­an­tee ev­ery Hawaii res­i­dent a guar­an­teed an­nual in­come, David Shapiro (“Politi­cians pro­vide year’s worth of foibles,” FLASH­back, Dec. 31) wisely sug­gested that ev­ery­one “oth­er­wise un­em­ploy­able would get a seat in the Leg­is­la­ture.”

I agree! For far too long most peo­ple have been forced to work in or­der to live while their par­tic­i­pa­tion in demo­cratic de­ci­sion-mak­ing has been op­tional, dif­fi­cult and in­ef­fec­tual.

Now, with full un­em­ploy­ment and free ac­cess to the abun­dant goods and ser­vices that are pro­duced without hu­man la­bor, most of us will be able to con­cen­trate on par­tic­i­pat­ing ef­fec­tively in pub­lic de­ci­sions that mat­ter to us, without wast­ing our time in la­bor that is oth­er­wise mean­ing­less, and in­creas­ingly need­less and un­avail­able.

Jim Da­tor Waikiki

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