Shift in technology.
Motorola has developed a whole new system to equip professional bodies with an extension of their cognitive capabilities. What they have at hand now is an effective communication of data through display, head gestures and speech.
We all remember the vision from couple of years ago when BMW was projecting their future garage where car mechanics used AR glasses for getting instructions. Now we have a network of communications that can easily broadcast whole range of specific data to help professionals have more knowledge of their task.
We read about professions being taken over by robots in the near future (read Wired Magazine, March 2012, page 51. “AI wants nurses to earn more than bankers” by David Baker)
and you begin to wonder: what changes will take place due to such a rapid development of technology? Where will this lead the society? What will happen to the economy?
What we look at now is a possibility that some professions will be “deprofessionalized”. People will rely on technology to ever wider extent. The system introduced by Motorolla is an example. A mechanic will not have to know a lot about mechanics to work in a garage, as the system will aid him with almost anything, so he will be cheaper and easier replaceable (a trend we see since Ford mass production tape). Robots always have been taking over human professions, ever since they could save money on human labour. The technology further disposes people of their traditional professions, and economy obviously takes the best of it. This means savings for huge corporations that grow, but on the other hand, in terms of a man force, they may shrink. Hypothetically, we will see further accumulation of money to small number of individuals.
Money has to circulate.
From the point of view of economy, the money has to be in circulation. If common people are deprived of jobs or earn less, demand will go down and slow down the economy. This is true for capitalism. How do we provide for that circulation? By the reach sharing with the poor?
Most recently we see the shift caused by the Internet: the so called old media don’t want to let new media take over their position, so they introduce SOPA/PIPA. The Internet, open and spread all over the world with virtually no boundaries, is an incubator for initiatives that can easily replace some of current (government, funded by taxpayers) organizations, off-source work between individuals and be yet same effective. If the Internet is censored we will loose that unique global self sufficient structure. But what if we maintain this structure, cut taxes, and then help people foster more innovation within technology that will be cheaper and available for broader audience (due to industrial robotization, 3d printers, micro-factories and so on)? Is there a way to afford smooth shift in the technology without risking socio-economical trouble?