Way back in 1995, 18 years ago, Jeremy Rifkin, the futurist and brilliant social scientist, wrote a great book called “The End of Work”. Almost to the day, he has been able to paint the scenario that is being played out now in our lives. The global phenomena of people being replaced by technological advances and machines in the production of goods and services. This is not just an American problem. Across the world you will
see more and more industries removing the human element from production.
You will also see the service industries changed. He anticipates nearly a fully automated service sector by the middle of the century. Hundreds of millions of workers will be permanently idled by both globalization and automation. The good, of course, is that the labor of millions will be freed from the “economic process and the pull of the marketplace”. What to do with all of these idle workers?
This is a huge permanent trend that is not being addressed by governments or society. Workers are trying to retrain but even jobs they are training for will become automated. Alternates for full time work must be created. Rifkin cites that “if the talent, energy and resourcefulness of hundreds of millions of men and women are not redirected to constructive ends, civilization will probably continue to disintegrate into a state of increasing destitution and lawlessness from which there may be no easy return. Governments and society must prepare for a “post-market” era. More to follow on this important trend………..