A shortage of jobs?

One of the things people like to fret about is that with automation, artificial intelligence, and so on, there will be a shortage of jobs. In fact I’ve been seeing essays worrying about such a shortage for three decades now, and I’m sure there were plenty before then.

Don Boudreaux has a contrary view:

Strictly speaking, there will always be jobs to do as long as humans have unfulfilled desires and demands.

If you imagine a future where no one has to work, it’s because it’s a future where everyone’s needs are met. If all your needs are met, whether it’s by Autofac, the Krell machine, or an army of robot slaves, do you really care if you have a job?

By the way, “all your needs” would have to include the human need for meaning in life.  “All” means “all”.

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