THE OUROBOUROS ECONOMY (UPDATE)

New technologies have often displaced jobs, but historically, humans have adapted so that the long-term effect of those new technologies on employment has been positive.

But what if new technologies start to displace jobs faster than humans can adapt?  When that happens — and I’ve suggested that it may be happening already — economic growth and related technological investment will cause societies effectively to consume their own consumers. Now even the New York Times seems to be on board with this idea.  But will it matter at all?

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THE POSTHUMAN CHILDHOOD

Hey kids — it’s time to put away childish things.  Unless you want to end up working in some Appalachian sweatshop, making Nike Airs for a billion wealthy Chinese  (whose parents had the foresight not to indulge their own children with summer vacations)…

“But when American students are competing with children around the world, who are in many cases spending four weeks longer in school each year, larking through summer is a luxury we can’t afford.”

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