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What do you think is the best solution to future unemployment once companies replace workers with machines?

What do you think is the best solution to future unemployment once companies replace workers with machines?

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July 10, 2023

Question: What do you think is the best solution to future unemployment once companies replace workers with machines?

Answer: The best answer to this is you, and that applies to all of us universally. If you think some line of work that you are interested in is going to become redundant, then you need to think of what new value-added things you can do to make yourself valuable in the labor market. Each individual’s commitment to self-responsibility and self-development is the solution to the unemployment prospects. I’d suggest, though, that a positive response is better to see the new tools, robotics and artificial intelligence, as a set of cool, new machines and powerful tools that you can use, that are going to open new doors for you, and can make you better at and more productive at whatever it is you want to do. They are your friends, not your enemies. Self-development is always the answer to unemployment.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
About the author:
Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society.

He is author of The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), Nietzsche and the Nazis (Ockham’s Razor, 2010),  Entrepreneurial Living (CEEF, 2016), Liberalism Pro and Con (Connor Court, 2020), Art: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond (with Michael Newberry, 2021) and Eight Philosophies of Education (2022). He has published in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics, and The Wall Street Journal. His writings have been translated into 20 languages.

He has been Visiting Professor of Business Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Visiting Fellow at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, Visiting Professor at the University of Kasimir the Great, Poland, Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University, England, and Visiting Professor at Jagiellonian University, Poland.

His B.A. and M.A. degrees are from the University of Guelph, Canada. His Ph.D. in Philosophy is from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

His Open College podcast series is published by Possibly Correct Productions, Toronto. His video lectures and interviews are online at CEE Video Channel, and his website is StephenHicks.org.  


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