Imagining a world without work

Rob Nail: a sci fi future now

Can you imagine a world where robots do basic jobs and allow people to work only 10 hours a week? Visionary Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder of Singularity University, sees the exponential growth of technology.

Agree with the first parts of the comments by both Calum and DrDubious.

We do need to do planning and work – lots of it.

More importantly we need to do many “safe to fail” trials.

I’ve been actively working in that context since 1974.

I’m involved in lots of local organisations, and well as many regional, national and international ones.

Trying lots of things in practice, seeing what works, what doesn’t, getting as many perspectives as possible on the hows and whys of such.

UBI is not a solution, though it may be an effective part of a transition strategy. Long term, market based measures of value must become a bit player in the greater schema of human values and decision making. To my understanding, individual life and individual liberty need to be in spots one and two – and consequential from them comes a demand upon all of use to act responsibly in both social and ecological contexts.

It is a very complex and open system we find ourselves in.

There can be no absolute certainty.

We must accept that there is very real risk, and doing nothing, or doing more of what we did in the past, is no guarantee of lessening that risk (in fact there is substantial indication that the safest possible path is one of exploration of the unknown).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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