@jws It could be worse. In revolutionary France, they had a system whereby everybody could vote on the members of deliberative bodies which themselves were composed only of 'active' citizens which would then vote on who gets to go to the national assembly.
@clarkgoble @johngordon @oluseyi Another entry in the argument over automation. Here is one by somebody skeptical that it is happening at all: http://www.vox.com/a/new-economy-future/robert-gordon-interview
@johngordon (b) there is a new technique which makes the particular problems associated with automating that job more tractable. An accountant is just as much at risk as a low skilled janitor. Both jobs have survived 200 years of pink slip bloodbath.
@johngordon In order to figure out which tasks are most likely to be automated, we need to look beyond abstract descriptions. The tasks most likely to be automated are (a) where automation is already solved, but is still being deployed in an industry or...
@johngordon If there is a welding job today, for example, it exists not because nobody in the welding industry has yet thought to automate. Instead, it exists because doing this particular kind of weld in these particular circumstances is hard to automate.
@johngordon The thing is that every single form of human labor is a survivor of 200 years of the culling effects of automation. For every job today, there is a reason why it cannot be automated yet. This is true regardless of skill level or repetetiveness.