In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the topic of a post-work economy. This includes conversations, news articles, and professional studies.
Take for example this LA Times article, that reports
in the U.S., 38% of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30% in Britain, 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.
It further reports
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that he wasn’t worried about artificial intelligence taking over American jobs.
“I think we’re so far away from that that it’s not even on my radar screen,” he told Axios Media. “I think it’s 50 or 100 more years.”
That Mnuchin is not the most reliable source on this topic aside, 50 or 100 more years is not exactly a long time. Regardless, that Mnuchin was asked about this demonstrates how the idea of robots taking over work is very much on society’s mind.
Whether or not we are headed for a post work economy is up for debate (yes, no — I cant speak for these websites’ credibility), but, while it is fascinating, its viability is not what this question is about.
This question is more historical (and rightfully so): has there in the past been such discussion or philosophizing on a post-work economy?