Wednesday :: Aug 18, 2004

Open Thread

by Mary

Do you ever envy the Europeans who have the whole month of August off for vacation? It brings to mind that most of us don't have a month of vacation, or for a significant number of Americans, not any vacation time at all. Somehow the vision of the 1950s where it was speculated that everyone would have more free time has been disrailed. What did happen to that idea that everyones lives would be freer with more leisure time when the standards of living went up? And if Paul Krugman is right, and in 50+ years, most jobs are done by robots, what happens with real people then? Will human beings have an entitlement to live when robots do the work? How will we figure out what is right and fair then?

Mary :: 1:30 AM :: Comments (22) :: Digg It!