A lot of people are going to be unemployable within a decade or two. Computers and other machines will do most work. Even the oldest profession of prostitution will be mechanised thanks to sexbots. Yuval Noah Harari (author of Sapiens and other books) says in his recent article in The Guardian that it is not a question of being unemployed so much as about being unemployable. A lot of people won’t just possess the skills required to be employed anywhere.
|Harari said it!|
What will governments do with such “useless” people? Well, if we go by the signs of the times ‘useless’ people will have to follow Darwin’s theory about survival of the fittest and become extinct. Suicide is already a major cause of death today. According to Suicide.org, over one million people commit suicide worldwide each year. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. The number of failed suicide attempts is much higher. The world isn’t going to be any better place for those not equipped to live in the emerging mechanised world most of which will be sort of virtual.
Many people are already living in the virtual world of social media and the internet. Those who can afford that life even without any income can carry on with that existence. Those who are not interested in that kind of virtual world can choose the classical virtual world of religion, says Harari.
“What is religion if not a big virtual reality game played by millions of people together?” asks Harari in the article. We can make Bahubali a kind of reality by playing with rituals and gods even in the traditional ways by involving ourselves more and more in prayers, pilgrimages and other exercises that suit our tastes.
The question is what we will eat and drink. Most food and water, which are already becoming scarce, will be monopolised by those who can afford them. Well, there will be a lot of vacancies for godmen and other such religious entities who can produce food and water miraculously.
India’s Right wing is already into a big game. Various organisations have started eliminating a lot of people in the name of cows and other ‘holy’ totems. Our ingenious politicians can work out some more advanced games along with the flourishing breed of godmen and their female counterparts many of whom are being given Z-category security these days.