UTOPIA? Is the future of money and jobs to do what you want and always have enough?

UtopiaWhat will happen when technology substitutes humans in MOST productive fields?

Will humans starve and be crushed by companies owning these machines?

Or will the rich and lean structured governments give back to the people and let them choose whatever it is they wish to do?

Sounds like UTOPIA, but we are heading in that direction anyway, so why not be positive about it?

But what scares us? What else can we do once a machine takes our place?

1- A shift starting at an early age

baby-in-technologyOne point is that things will change from the start.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, you are thinking correctly: people will learn to touch code. But not necessarily become developers. The interface on building tools will become more friendly, so less advanced coding skills will get a lot done.

Not everyone wants to code, though, of course. And many don’t even want to deal with technology. For those, it will be easier to focus on whatever they choose to do. Those in health will be closer to what matters, to the source of health issues and help push those out of the way. Those in production will be closer to designing more efficient processes and less in a mindless push of buttons. Those in transportation will be closer to client services and fast reaction to logistics and less with driving or maintenance.

In general, the focus on the essential part of every process will grow, and advancement in every field will become even faster than it is today.

Generations born will understand that working is not about office hours, and more about goals.

2- Work as we know it will have to end

outdoors workThere will be less to do. Easier ways of interacting without the need to be physically together in one same room. Different goals for different people that are better off undisturbed by any office chaos. Goal & task oriented schedules for goal & task oriented companies.

The idea that a certain job will offer more or less money will also shift. Yes, it is unthinkable now, but inevitably there will be a different valuation for work, based on a new offer/demand, a new context, a new set of expertise levels reached by different paths as education will also change.

work_moneyThe relation between Work-Money-Taxes will then also change. Governments will collect more directly, and also distribute faster. The tendency will be that a good living will be there for all, a good basic standard for absolutely everything. This will change the value of money itself. With more offered freely, “pocket” money will be less relevant.

3- People will focus on what they truly like, and that can be a good thing.

CeramicsThe answer to the question “what should I study? what should I aim for in life?” will be simple: do what you love.

Many people already do that today. But I would still think that most do not.

The path into finding what we love and actually working with it is daunting. People fear the risk of not making enough. There is fear on how other people will see them. There is fear of not being able to do it for long (sports, physical work). Fear is king, unfortunately.

With less to worry about, people will be happier, and whatever they do they will do it well, making life a better experience for all of us.

So if you are in fear of loosing your job, what else in this life makes you happy? Think of that instead.

4- It is only a matter of time until enough smart people come around

Dutch_freedomIt will take time to reach such a context. But time, in this case, is not only related to the advancement of technology up to the point where machines substitute humans in everything. It will be also the time related to humans getting organised around a new structure for society.

Many smart people come along and change the ways we think. New generations think different and also interact in a different way with other humans. This process will be just as important as having the available technology.

It is likely we will see the first successful experiments coming from very advanced societies such as the people in Sweden and of the Netherlands. Other advanced cultures might not be willing to take the first steps for many reasons – larger territory, more complex politics, close minded population.

5- It is happening today:

Experiments are being made already – maybe you can propose an experiment locally? change your own surroundings?

A Dutch city is giving money away to test the “basic income” theory


Alex Gonçalves

Born some time ago, close to the sea and a huge statue of Christ upon a mountain, in explainable ways yours truly has built a love for the understanding of the world around us. This constant 'groove' of curiosity has branched in a love for all things business and marketing related, touching into the arts and a lot of what happens in between.

One Comment

  1. I loved the matter! could not be more current, opportunistic and sensitive to the world we live in today, both for business and social.
    Do what you love par excellence is to love and dedication, is to bet and believe is real, and yes, it is good for business, is in the business it is, and especially for the individual.
    The changes in the way work is very much faster, and we must establish a method, each person in order to absorb it in a healthy way and take the best advantage.
    Alex, it takes a lot of felling and future vision to play these points so familiar! Congratulations! Following watching. Big hug

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