[ 14/Mar/21 ]
In and of itself, No.
As something that creates a new context in which new ways of thinking and acting become more obviously true, then Yes.
As fully automated systems start to make it obvious to even the most conservative among us that the old distinctions between capital and labour no longer work as once they did, then it should start to become obvious that the only real security for any lies in delivering reasonable degrees of security and freedom to all.
And doing that does not imply any sort of equality.
Equality is a nonsense idea.
We are not equal.
We are not exact clones of each other.
We are all uniquely different.
We need to honor those differences, accept and respect the diversity that necessarily accompanies all real biological systems, and any real expression of individual freedom.
The idea we need instead is “reasonable sufficiency”.
Do we all have what we reasonably need to do what we reasonably and responsibly choose?
When one looks deeply at the sorts of systems that give potentially very long lived individuals a good chance of actually living a very long time, then they all involve high levels of cooperation.
When one looks deeply at the sorts of strategic contexts in which the emergence of such cooperation is likely and can be stabilised, then it becomes clear that automated production technology is a necessary part of any new level of universal cooperation.
And everyone needs to accept that freedom without responsibility necessarily self terminates, as it does eventually destroy the sets of constraints that made its emergence possible. It is only when freedom accepts the responsibility of maintaining all the necessary sets and levels of constraints that make its existence possible, that it can survive over the long term.
If freedom is to survive, then it must be linked to responsibility, in an eternal enquiry that contains multiple levels of fundamental uncertainty and more than a few unknowables. So part of responsibility is cleaning up messes that result from errors that must be an eternal part of existence (any and all levels). The mathematics and logic of that is now beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt.