People Are Colourful

Larry Elliot wants to drum up fear via The Guardian, claiming that "robots will take our jobs!". He's not the first to do this, and he sure as heck won't be the last. Heck, people have been saying the very same thing for over two centuries. Yet here we are, with billions of more people on the planet than in 1808, and most of us who want work have it. There's no denying that automation and robotics will put a lot of people out of work in the coming decades, but we need to look at this in context. Are these the jobs we want to honestly save? Or are these jobs the things that people generally don't want to do but end up performing because there's nothing better?

People are incredibly creative and versatile. It's time we — as a global community — begin treating each other as such. There's a lot of meaningful work to be done, and a lot of new work to be found. The easy stuff's been done. Let's move on to something more worthy of our attention.