Robots are taking over more jobs every day, but the question becomes, “When there are no jobs for people how will people make money to buy the stuff that the robots make?” Will whoever, or whatever corporate entity, owns the robots then simply give their products away for free? That seems unlikely! Or will there come into being some other activity that people can do that will be valuable enough that the owners of the robots will reward these workers with the stuff that the robots make. This term “stuff” includes all the wonderful toys and media that we have come to expect for free, but it also includes those physical things like clothing, homes, and food.
Why will the robots, or their masters, be willing to feed people who are performing no task they feel is as valuable as the food they are giving them? Those future robots will have no feelings for humans, and just as unfeeling are the present corporations that largely control the supply of our worldly goods, including food. Corporations and their stockholders are only interested in the bottom line of money earned, and a single dollar given away to an unproductive person is a measurable injury to a corporation’s computer-driven allocation of resources. “No work equals no food.”
What can a human do that will be valuable to a robot? Or even more direct, what is the minimal level of some sort of potential productivity that a particular individual can perform that will stimulate a robot to give them food? Here in the US, there is presently an abundance of food, but that can not always be true forever because there is a finite amount of food that the Earth can produce but an infinite number of people that can be created. Somehow a balance must be reached between food supply and the consumers of the food.
When the time comes when there is a limited supply of essentials, like food, who will be the arbiter of distribution? In ancient China, an Emperor was reported to have said the worst part of his responsibilities was deciding which of his good and hardworking people during a short supply of food would be chosen to starve to death.
How will these decisions be made in the not distant future when there is no work and the people have become desperate?