Work and No Work
The question is, how will all these abundant goods and services be distributed? Just to those few who are sufficiently well off and who still earn enough from their non-automated jobs to pay for them? What social problems will that cause? We will need significant changes in our economic system to ensure that distribution is fair and socially responsible (whatever all that turns out to mean). Several suggestions come to mind, such as a negative income tax, more entitlements, shorter workweeks, and stock ownership by all citizens, so that they will own the machines producing the wealth and thus collect the dividends.
How can any of these things be accomplished without stirring up the usual bugaboos about “socialism” and “europeanization’’? Will our outmoded 20th-century political system prevent us from making the changes needed to prevent what could ultimately lead to significant unrest? Remember, many people will have a lot of free time!