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The average brain is unemployable.
Yesterday I blogged about a radio podcast where a conservative pundit promoted going back to a nuclear family model of mom, dad, the kids and a high school diplomas. I was beside myself, wearing a red dress :-), that someone could say such things seriously.
The average brain is unemployable. That's really all I wanted to say in this blog post. Well, that and we need to face this fact head on.
I read an article on the web the other day which asked the question: when will computers be smarter than people?
I would rephrase that question to when will computers be effective enough to replace people at almost any task?
Prior to 1900 some 90% of Americans were involved in agriculture. Today just 2%. Why is easy enough to understand: food prior to 1900 had to be grown in your back yard without the technology of the plane, train and automobile. And refrigeration.
Think about how many bank tellers have been put out of a job by the ubiquitous ATM?
The average human brain is unemployable because machines can do most of the work the average human brain is capable of. Most industries are going to come to look like banking and agriculture, a handful of people can service the entire world.
So now what?
Prior to 1980 computer time was far more expensive than human time. From a business stand-point then it made sense to employee people over more expensive computers. The implication here is that humans will still be employable in large numbers for average intelligence but only for wages that compete with machines. Supply and demand dictates that the market for average intelligence humans will be far greater than the supply. Therefore there will be two factors driving down wages: competition with machines and an over-abundance of average intelligence workers.
We are in a wage race to the bottom.
What are we going to do it about?
Well, one reality was expressed by the movie, "The Matrix". Scientists will come up with far more valuable uses for your brain then you can express yourself. People will be offered "jobs" to be nothing more than computer CPUs, with consciousness. Conscious computer processes. The movie "The Matrix" was a warning: if we start using human brains to augment machine thinking to improve computing then computers may take over.
Are we there yet? Not with humans CPUs, but humans are competing for jobs with machines making the average human intelligence unemployable.
The world has passed by the lady who indicated that a high-school diploma means a good paying job. Those days are long gone because the new job dilemma is that irrespective of education the average human brain is unemployable. Oh sure, there will be a few jobs but the competition will be so fierce that the wages will be nothing.
You have to ask yourself one question: are the people claiming new job markets will always be available for everyone correct in their world view or is automation making the average human intelligence obsolete the correct world view?
We have started 3D printing food. We can 3D print buildings. If computers and machines can take care of all our food and shelter needs cheaply and efficiently, what then?
We need to start facing the new realities of the 21st century. Going back to mom, dad and the kids with high school educations are days long behind us.
We need to redesign life for the 21st century. Demand Irreni World Scale!
Demand Irreni World Scale!
Empathy for all!
Moral relativity: think it, breath it!
Prove it or lose it!
Conversations equal consensus!
Welcome to the 21st century!
Scale your empathy, scale the world!
Find your tribe!
Be sexy people!
The future is coming!
Innovate at a rapid pace!
Slow speed ahead!
Well come! and well met!