They will have no choice but to do something like if they don’t want to deal with billions of people becoming homeless and in a condition of widespread extreme food insecurity (aka starvation famine) as automated robotics takes over more jobs. Kurt Vonnegut dealt with this issue in one of his early novels “God Bless You Mister Rosewater” which asked the question “What are people for?”
More recently, James Howard Kunstler in a recent blog entry wrote that people would be well advised to “shift your energies into a trade or vocation that makes you useful to other people. This probably precludes jobs like developing phone apps, day-trading, and teaching gender studies. Think: carpentry, blacksmithing, basic medicine, mule-breeding, simplified small retail, and especially farming, … . The entire digital economy is going to fade away like a drug-induced hallucination, so beware the current narcissistic blandishments of computer technology. Keep in mind that being in this world actually entitles you to nothing. One way or another, you’ll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.”
Kunstler who wrote the book “The Long Emergency” published in 2005 that introduced the concept of “peak oil” – the point that we have reached though financialist scams are holding back the debt deluge that has begun and will be coming on hard and strong very very soon. His 2012 book “Too Much Magic” takes the conceptualization further.
Another Kunstler quote from the most recent blog entry:
“Everything organized at the giant scale is going to fail. We have made all the systems of daily life too large and they will not function in the long emergency . . . an age characterized by universal contraction. This is true of corporations, institutions, schools, hospitals, farms, governments, virtually all organized enterprise. Retail is currently just the most visible example at the moment, since it is a commercial battleground that doesn’t enjoy public subsidies. The organisms on that field are exquisitely sensitive to economic reality, and the salient reality these days is the impoverishment of their customers, the former middle class.”