Let me try it this way. Does the US have more automation now than in, say 1900? Is the average person better off now than in 1900? Pick a more recent date if you want, 1950, 1975.
Technological advancement does displace some workers but on the whole it has been a godsend.
That wasn't your argument.
I never thought you would be a goalpost mover. SMDH
The average worker in the us does no labor that would have been considered manual 100 years ago.
As of 2014 80% perform in service industries 60% are in the professions, sales, education, government, or healthcare.
But to use a twist on your phrase:
Does the average person have a higher ratio of leisure time to actual manual labor as automation has increased?
As automation has increased, has the number of service industry workers as a % of the whole increased?
Follow the math and you will see that as automation increases, so does leisure time.
As automation increases, manual labor decreases.
There is an asymptotic decline in the necessity of human labor.
At some point it will actually become zero. Human females will not actually have to gestate and birth progeny, artificial uteri will suffice.
Humans will only perform manual labor by choice.
The pace of advancement is exponential.
In less than 30 years, the creative arts will be the only thing humans do better than automated machines and machine intelligence.
There will be no need for traditional work.
Edited by karlydee2, 21 April 2017 - 08:27 PM.