Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines

Even if we move to a basic income system, we still miss an important part of what makes humans thrive Without citing any sources, I will say that humans need in a purpose in their lives. They need to be needed and relied upon. Especially something constant and that takes up most of their times. As much as we enjoy spending time with our families, going on vacation or lounging around, many people don't feel right unless they have something to do.

Sure there are plenty of exceptions to this. But I've plenty of examples of retirees trying to get back to work just to do something with their time, people who have taken a long vacation, even people who are unemployed claim they want to get back to work because they can't just sit at home and do nothing. And there are plenty examples of work a holics and rich people still working every week. Yes, someone is going to be a smart ass and respond saying those retirees have no money or the unemployed are obviously trying to find a job, or the rich are just power hungry/hoarders.

But anyone saying this needs to really look at big picture. Ever since the dawn of time, humans had to be alert and doing shit from nearly sun rise to sun set. I think this is the only time in history where we get so much free and leisure time to spend as we wish. As much as I hate to admit this, if I had the chance to retire now, I wouldn't take it. It's not that I hate my personal life or love my job, but I wouldn't have anything to occupy my time and give me purpose. I enjoy getting things done and getting paid for it. I enjoy having a schedule that I have to abide by. I actually, in a weird way, like having to answer to a higher power (boss) if I'm late. Not in a sadistic way, but in the "I like people relying on me" way.

Imagine how many bored teens and adults there would be when robots are doing 85% of our jobs. Imagine the mental Heath of the world when no one needs you or relys on you. Imagine how you will feel when you don't need to provide for yourself.

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