Human beings…prepare for a lot more leisure time.
In a CNBC interview with SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, robots will soon make up themajority of the workforce.
More time to do nothing may sound good, but it can also be stressfull and dehabilitating. Having a steady job is a grounding force, and provides people with a purpose to life.
As far as wondering how we will make money once the robots come to power. Don’t worry. Musk says a “universal basic income”, or something of the sort, will come into play.
Elon Musk tells CNBC…
“There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation. Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen.”
“People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things.”
“Certainly more leisure time.”
For example, in the future, semi-trailer trucks will be able to drive themselves. And though that won’t become the status quo for a while, it will mean that there won’t be a need for quite as many truck drivers, says Musk.
Some drivers will transition to fleet operators, responsible for monitoring the status of a fleet of trucks, not any one individual truck. If a truck appears to be having issues, then the fleet operator would come in remotely and solve the problem.
“Actually, it’s probably a more interesting job than just driving one [truck],” says Musk.
It’s likely those truck drivers who no longer have a job might see the situation differently.
But the optimistic Musk sees increased automation as an overall benefit to society, even an opportunity.