Thursday, November 17, 2005

Benefits of Technology

Hmm, it's interesting to think about benefits of technology. People have no money because the people who own the machines and benefit from them are few and far between. They need others to "buy" the products the machines produce, but few people can, since they have nothing to trade.

But, shouldn't the people doing nothing be doing something else? It seems like having machines would free people up to pursue other things, coudn't they sell or trade these things? Shouldn't the free time give people more opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial? Or is there too much fear? Perhaps our schooling system focuses too much on people who are good at following rules. When there are no clear rules, people don't know what to do.

See the quotation below:
Technology making things worse?
"Benefits Of Technology Thwarted By Our Attitude To Employment

My job for fifteen years (1975 - 1990) had been to write computer programs to make people redundant. I was not alone; throughout the western world an army of programmers have been working night and day to get rid of as many jobs as possible. Each job discarded meant improved productivity, and reduced costs. Because of our work, businesses throughout the world have become much more efficient, able to supply better goods and services, at a cheaper price. However it would seem we have wasted our time. Industry and commerce can't utilise our improvements because there is no demand. There is no demand because people have no money. Nobody has any money, because so many people are out of work."