The following video was recommended by Kiah. It represents a future economy where labor is increasingly performed by machines rather than people. In a capitalist economy, where most people are required to rely on income from employment to satisfy their material needs and wants for food, clothing, shelter, etc. such a transition would pose a number of problems and challenges regarding the meeting of those basic needs and wants.
What do you think? Is this future, as the narrator asserts, "inevitable"? Who is likely to benefit from this future? Who is likely to lose out? In what ways might automation threaten the continued viability of capitalist economies? What would be needed to maintain a capitalist economy when and where very few people actually have jobs or jobs that pay well enough for people to keep consuming? Contrary to the narrator, do you think that there are options for transgressing or resisting automated capitalism? Is it possible that automation might influence people to develop different kinds of economies as alternatives to capitalism?