A while ago I saw a thing on Facebook, can’t find it right now to post the link and want to get to bed soon, but you know the kind of thing I’m talking about; a brick laying robot, that could work faster than any human, not take any brakes, and set every brick perfectly. In addition, the bricks were interconnecting, like Lego blocks, so a house could go up real quick and be solid enough to withstand a hurricane, or whatever you get in your neck of the woods.
Naturally, in the comments section there were many people bemoaning the fact that this is going to put bricklayers out of business. Wet blankets and Neo-Luddite simpletons, in my book.
Sure, bricklayers might follow chimney sweeps and elevator operators into the land of jobs that used to exist, along with long distance truck drivers whenf driverless vehicles become standard, but that’s O.K. There really is no shortage of jobs that could be created. Here are a few:
- I’m not a huge fanatic of organic food, to tell you the truth, I buy whatever is in the supermarket and don’t ask too many questions, but if all food HAD to be organic it would not only create a heck of a lot of jobs (organic agriculture is WAY more labor intensive), but it would be nice for the honeybees, and the water supply, as well.
- Another area where I am an imperfect environmentalist is recycling. Oh, I separate paper and plastic. and glass. and drink cartons. But that’s it, because that’s all there’s bins for. I don’t separate out the metal, or the organic, which is probably a lot. Anyway, the whole thing seems to be futile if 100% of all people aren’t recycling, and I’d be surprised if it’s even 50%. So, set up recycling centers everywhere, make that quite simply the way all garbage is disposed of, and there are several benefits. You could hire all of the homeless people at the sorting centers, some of them go through the bins as it is, so that could be more efficient for them and less of an eyesore for everybody else, plus it would pump a lot of previously unclaimed natural resources right back into the economy.
- You know where they need to hire more people? Schools, that’s where. Probably 90% of schools that are real schools could hire about twice as many teachers as they’ve got now. If you get those class sizes down to a reasonable level, some kids might actually learn something. So, jobs + education means a more educated (and hopefully less criminal) work force for the future. win/win/win