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Miles Howard

25 year-old writer, editor, part-time mountain man.

I am good at giving a damn.

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    Unions: Coming Soon to Amazon.com? via businessweek.com

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    Ben Goldhirsh4 months ago

    i think it will be key to pilot a variety of alternative approaches to this issue, as well as a variety of marketing language in terms of how to get folks aware/on board with it. no one seems to mind wealth distribution within their family, so it begs the question of what would get support for expanding the definition of family or just broadening what people conceive of as "we". I do think this is a question that we will either proactively solve for, or get flat out runover by. I'm hustling on the former. You should also check out a book called One From Many if you want to dive deeper into thinking on this front. it's from the guy who built Visa, it's the smartest business/life book I've ever read, and it also engages in theory around decentralized ownership which I think is super relevant to the discussion you started here.

    Miles Howard4 months ago

    Thanks for the recommendation, Ben. I'm going to track down a copy of the book ASAP. And I certainly agree with the importance of properly marketing decentralized ownership. Where can I check out some of your hustling on the issue?

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    Ben Goldhirsh4 months ago

    agreed. I do think there are lots of creation opportunities that are born from new technology, but unquestionably the reality you refer to is afoot. in turn, I hope that the surplus born from ths increased productivity will eventual fill what will amount to be trust funds for those born into the world - rather than having the dollars there as a safety net on the back end, have the dollars there are the front end where people can find support to invest in whatever/wherever their passions lead. I think this is a hopeful outcome, but it's the one I'm hoping for.

    Miles Howard4 months ago

    Now there's an idea that makes great sense. It would be an effective way to bridge the current socioeconomic "tech gap" and I think the generations coming of age and graduating into a world with lessening opportunity would get behind it. (I know it would!) The question - and this is where politics come in - is whether the top benefactors of automation would support or resist this idea. It makes so much more sense for everyone, in the long run, but many people don't think of the long run...

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    Miles Howard4 months ago

    Ben, this is probably the biggest question that keeps me up at night. How will our economy adjust to an increasingly automated future? It seems to me that the only real solution would be a signficant revision of what constitutes a social safety net for taxpayers. I mean, if millions of people suddenly find themselves out of work thanks to robots achieving more and more skills, they shouldn't have to starve in the streets. Even today, you'll hear lawmakers asking "how do we get our jobs back" but a lot of the jobs we lost during the recession were handed over to machines: they're not coming back. It's time to look at the parts of our economic system that are clearly outdated.

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