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January 24, 2019 / Fantelius

The Greatest Myth Around

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Technology is taking our jobs, and will take even more of our jobs. We’ve all heard it, and we are going to hear it again and again. Instead of the word “technology,” the taking-jobs mantra can speak of machines, automation, AI, or robots.
It’s not true.
Technology is not taking our jobs, it is doing our jobs. Big difference.

Technology has been saving human energy and enhancing human ability since the first stone knife a few million years ago. That’s what technology does. It is technology’s job so to speak. It makes our lives easier and more efficient. Previously, when the wonders of technology harnessed to electrical power became apparent, experts and visionaries predicted a time when humanity would live a life of ease while technology did most of the work; when technology would be doing our jobs. Instead, while technology has become more powerful, competent and intelligent than anyone could imagine, the great majority of humanity lives in poverty and misery. The equation doesn’t balance. What’s going on? How come humanity empowered with technology houses billions of people who have more difficulty struggling for survival than hunter-gatherers equipped with stone tools 100s of 1000s of years ago?

Hint: This myth of technology taking our jobs is the same garbage in a new container as “immigrants are taking our jobs”, or “Asians are taking our jobs”, or any other alien element taking our jobs.

How come all the people “taking” jobs are barely better off than the people whose jobs were taken? And how come technology, which empowers people, makes more and more people powerless? Those who take, Takers, usually have more, but the only group of people who have more and more and more are a tiny group who are never referred to as Takers. The people who own a major portion of the earth’s resources and a major portion of all technology (humanity’s created resources) are never mentioned when the great myth of taking jobs vibrates through the community. How is this possible? Can it be because the great takers have taken control of the public discourse?

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”The best way to keep something hidden
is not to find a good hiding place,
but to keep people from looking for it.
Dartwill Aquila

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