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Elon Musk suggests that basic universal income is the solution to robots taking our jobs

Alternative World News NetworkDec 6, 2016, 12:33:29 AM

In the back of everyone's mind is the impending future of automation.  We see it in small scales, as kiosks replace cashiers, but it has been happening since the dawn of time.  We build machines or use other technologies to take the burden off of ourselves.  We have done this in farming and construction, all the way down to the computer (computers used to be people).

The agitation that comes along with automation, and possibly the most nerve wracking aspect of it, is the loss of jobs.  In an economy where people rely on a paycheck for goods or services rendered, taking away the opportunity to do the service means taking away the paycheck.

Fortunately, working for money is not an inherent part of nature.  It is a construct, created by people, that can be changed by people.  Elon Musk has touched on what many others have also pondered and some have enacted: Basic Income.

"People will have time to do other things and more complex things, more interesting things," said Musk. "[They will] certainly have more leisure time."

And maybe that is what we need; more free time to figure out the solutions to the problems we're facing.  An overburdened and debted majority of people has gotten us into a quagmire of pissed off and tired humanity.  If we were to pass off the crap jobs to machines and let our creativity flourish, there are no bounds to which our intellect would blossom.

Musk believes that "there's a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income," gauging what other options there are.

Perhaps the basics, like food, shelter, transportation and communication, should be taken care of.  If we had the opportunity to focus on the things that were really important to us, rather than be bogged down by a job we hate, it could change everything.

It starts with your mindset.  If you think this is possible and you think it's a good idea to try, expound on it.  The best place to start is spreading the beleif that it's possible and we may very well be on the edge of a paradigm shift.