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Humans Need Not Apply

As a follow-up to the previous post, ‘The Case for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI),’ this clever video offers additional food for thought. As technology gets better, cheaper, faster – fewer human workers will be needed (including white collar, professional, and creative workers).

We need to start thinking now about what to do when large sections of the population are unemployable, through no fault of their own; what to do in a future where, for most jobs, humans need not apply.

— CPG Grey

Let that sink in…. The Unconditional Basic Income is a brilliant idea.


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • The automation he describes is only possible till the oil runs out. By 2018, it’s expected that oil will be so expensive that we’ll be back to using human muscle power to perform most of our work.

  • Absolutely…people could always be fit into community service positions that help all of us live a more comfortable life. How about helping grow local organic foods that feed the hungry, and keeping our parks and roadsides cleaned up. Build bicycle infrastructure too…not jobs really, activities that can keep people busy and part of communities at the same time ?

    • Love your concept as ‘activities.’ It implies community spirit – doing something for the common good, while you get to know your neighbors better. This kind of work could even be… fun. At the very least… zen.

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