The link you sent, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRRwZDSmTVI which was quite compelling actually, is an excellent segue into what some are calling UBI, Universal Basic Income.
The reasoning goes like this:
The robotization and automation of work will continue and actually increase apace in the coming decades. Robots, both physical as well as intellectual, are becoming more and more generalized. This is important as dedicated robots have been in use for decades, the car and appliance manufacturing industries for instance uses them to excellent affect. But you can’t take a chassis welding robot out of an auto factory and have it do other stuff. The same goes for informational robots too. The automated voice attendants are an example. “Press 1 to do this or that…” These are single purpose automation devices that cannot be adopted to other purposes.
But generalized robots are another thing entirely. “Mr. Robot, stand here and sort these recycling containers, or the returned items, or the amazon purchase orders, or the frozen foods section in the grocery aisle.” “Mr. iRobot, alert the FBI when you hear the words “fertilizer” and “diesel fuel” spoken in the same sentence across the millions of phone calls you’re listening to. And while you’re idle, parse all facebook posts, and twitter tweets looking for the same phrases. When you find something, compose a security memo and email it to these 10 security services.”
The more generalized robots become the more they can do. And the less humans will be doing.
Capitalists are funding these efforts to replace as many forms of work with automation as possible. The more they invest, the more they replace, the more money they do not have to pay people. The ultimate corporate entity is one where there are NO WORKERs. Where goods and services are made or provided with the smallest overhead possible; where overhead means humans. And nearly all of the income is profit. Workers are a necessary evil to corporations. They only hire more when the have to. And robots are on the way to eliminating as many of those as possible.
But the capitalists haven’t thought this through. Who will possess the money to buy the stuff they make when there are no wages returning to the those who might want to buy their stuff?
There will be a point, soon, when a very large percentage of citizens have literally nothing they can do, as work, to be paid enough to survive. What happens then? What happens when 50% of people not only cannot find work, have no ability to dream up new work venues (entrepreneur style), and can now no longer afford basic survival cost? There will be no work and therefore no way to earn a wage for these hundreds of thousands of people. That day *is* coming whether we like it or not.
Enter the Universal Basic Income.
The Austin Texas woman was spot on when she said she will not be working, EVER, if she can help it. Why should she? I agree. That particular system lack serious oversight. But it’s just a sign of things to come. What work could she perform, really, that would pay her enough to allow her to live the mediocre lifestyle she lives today? Best to just be given a stipend that she can use to keep the commerce wheels grinding. We may feel moral outrage at this behavior. But so what? She effectively has figure out the future before we have. The startling part of this is that this eventuality is NOTHING compared to what’s coming down the pipes in the coming decades.
The UBI is a severely flawed idea. But let’s face it. It’s already in place and not going away any time soon, if ever.