Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Climate visionaries explain why a green universal income will help fend off a violent armed uprising by economically laid-off workers who cannot find work in the age of automation.
Future technology requires regulations and balanced ties to creation, says the author
May 8, 2021
by Sarah Mac Donald
The dramatic loss of work during the COVID-19 pandemic could be a taste of the mass unemployment that will occur in the near future as the Irish economy says millions of jobs are being displaced by robots, artificial intelligence or AI and new technologies. Theologian Br. Seán McDonagh.
McDonagh, who has authored several landmark papers on the environment, predicts this in his new book Robots, Ethics and the Future of Jobs In this emerging world, only 50% of the people will have jobs. With the increasing use of AI and automation, many people will not find paid work in areas such as retail, nursing, agriculture, and financial services.
In Robots, Ethics and the Future of Jobs, McDonagh draws on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to discover how people might respond to mass labor. He notes how after a few weeks of economic shutdown At the beginning of the lockdown, major rallies were held in some US cities, with many attendees carrying guns and calling for the economy to open up so that they can work again.
“If there are jobs for only 40 or 50% of the population, what will those who cannot get a job do?” he asks.
“Look at what happened in Australia and how they tried to “unfriend” this country – that’s how powerful these billion dollar corporations are, “he added.” They are resisting any efforts to contain them and fines are a drop in the ocean for them. We cannot allow them to do this on their terms. “
He believes Governments must be a leader in the regulation of digital monopolies and must introduce a universal basic income to offset the financial cost of workers being replaced by technology. The eco-theologian told EarthBeat that he would like to see something like the European Union’s COVID-19 fund to help mitigate the economic impact of the impending job loss.
But while jobs are lost There is still much work to be done, and a universal basic income could involve people participating in projects that focus on climate justice and caring for the earth, he proposes.
Read more: https://www.ncronline.org/news/earthbeat/future-tech-requires-regulations-and-balanced-ties-creation-author-says
The authors do not explain what happens to once proud and independent workers who are not comfortable settling into their new lives as Tolkienesque hobbits, but if they cannot find a job and do not qualify for a universal basic income, perhaps the plan is simply to let that happen nature takes its course. If you have a problem with this, speak to the terminator.