We’ve survived the agricultural revolution, industrial revolution, and are now faced with another stage and arguably most drastic of technological revolutions, digital.
Digital technology has made our lives immensely easier and more interconnected. In a short time, we’ve transformed from one stationary telephone per household to handheld computing devices that double as telephones in every pocket connecting the globe.
Like each revolution before this, we are driven by a need to work faster and smarter to free up human labor. This time might be the end to the need for physical labor as we know it.
Modern industries are working hard to find the fastest way to rid themselves of human labor costs, in turn, creating growth in the technological industry.
As we furiously search for the next great platform to adopt this manual to digital transformation, we are equally passionate about constructing robots to do our jobs. From parking attendant kiosks to bomb-disabling robots, we already employ the help of our lifeless friends.
We should, of course, continue to expand our current trajectory of development towards a more automated world. It’s what we do with the excess time that advances us as human beings.
If distributed more evenly, we can produce enough resources to comfortably sustain the entire global population. With robots providing for our comfort, a Wall-e world of hedonism is not far-fetched, which might be preferred over a future of wars and destruction.
Instead of weapons, let’s build more schools where the Internet connects students from across the world and allow equal access to information that Fortune reported is outlined in the net neutrality guidelines of the EU.
Let’s build more farms with robot operated machines that harvest more crops and invest more to research the future of CRISPR-modified food featured by Fusion.
Let’s build more self-sustaining homes with robot butlers powered by endless renewable energy while providing energy independence and security as highlighted by CNBC.
Let’s use the skills we’ve learned creating weapons and work together to make us a multi-planetary species as a result of the new space race documented by Bloomberg.
To help us make these decisions, we’d need to first change how we measure the health of our economic system. An economic system where health is represented entirely by growth is inherently unsustainable on a finite planet. If we are going to share this digital world, we might as well make it pleasant for everyone.