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The Future of: Work

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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2011

Just before I started the g4rdenspoon channel I got engrossed in the idea of writing a book about futurology, but I wanted it to be thought-provoking and amusing at the same time. Now I've decided that they'd make rather unusual videos, so this is the first of about 25 episodes that will cover just about everything that may happen by the year 2111. Hope you like it.

The background music was improvised around what I thought suited the film
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The future of: work

Let's think about work one-hundred years from now in our utopian future. Everything will have been sorted out so that we don't really need to work any longer; there are robots that do absolutely everything from building houses to planting seeds for vegetables and taking care of the harvest and delivery too. But, that really isn't going to happen, and even if it did, the idea that human input could no longer be needed because we've sorted out the machines would only last until something needed fixing. What if by that time nobody knew how to fix the machines because we'd grown up feeding ourselves and sitting around watching television, and not noticing that the average weight had grown to 35 stone?

People in the future will be not escape the humdrum of work, it wouldn't be good for the human race to have so much leisure time; at least - that's what we'll be told. Although, it will be practically impossible to have work without being a specialist, only those willing to punt their manual skills will get anywhere. With so many unemployed and desperate, council estates will be overflowing with window cleaners fighting each other for business, and even they'll need a 'knocking on peoples' doors permit', or face a fine, and there won't be any getting away with it, because whoever you are, you won't be able to do the simplest thing such as make a cup of tea without some data tracking device logging it.

The notion of us taking food pills instead of eating real food isn't going to happen, not because the technology won't available; but because the consumption of food is too big an industry to let go, so those without masses of qualifications will find themselves making sandwiches or cutting up slices of pie. Of course, both of these things could be done by machine, but the risk of the population becoming despondent and bored wouldn't be a good thing, whereas standing on your feet for 10 hours at a time putting a piece of cheese in-between two slices of bread is obviously enough to keep anyone's mind occupied. No food will go out of any factory without a 'poison scan' to make sure it's safe for consumption, but you'll still need a 'health and safety' certificate regardless of how redundant this'll be.

You local baker will still be open, although they won't be able to make sandwiches -- the law won't let them, all food will have to be prepared in a sterile factory and then shipped off to where it's needed.

Construction work will still be about too, although it'll be less labour and more watching dials while a machine does the work. The builder's job will not be to build, but to oversee, which is almost the same as doing nothing. The machines doing the job won't ever go wrong, but for health and safety reasons a human must be there at all times. A keen and alert mind will be required to do the job according to the application, but, because a human supervising a machine will be trusted, closed eyes and a blanket will be what is actually used, that way you can spend all night on a games console, and get paid for your shut-eye at work.




The same work principles will be applied for farming, teaching, driving etc. All manual work besides making sandwiches won't require anything more than a legal human presence, and will be the job of choice for those not wanting to do anything. If stimulation is what you're after you'll have to spend 10 years in education first, that way you'll be qualified to use a computer keyboard. g4rdenspoon facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/G4rdens...

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