Public service can replace employment
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