To make all this more scary consider that the increasing productivity enabled by AI, robots and automation is owned and controlled by fewer and fewer people year over year. Those people tend to hold the reigns of power just as tightly as their pocket books. Let’s hope those people maintain some humanity as they decide what to do with > ~7 billion human beings who’s labor, and ultimately consumerism, is no longer required.
We have a long history of powerful individuals and small groups of powerful people disregarding, marginalizing and even purposefully designating massive numbers of human beings as expendable.
And with the rate of advancement and expansion of technology we probably only have a good 5 or so years to plan for all this. Given the track record of our bureaucracy, I’d say we are out of time. But then Calum already touched on how difficult the transition could be.