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
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
There 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.
The 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.
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
It 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?