It's kind of funny. The more our technology makes work easier to do, the more work we are expected to do. (And have to do.) Technology does not seem to be the great liberator, as many would hope; but seems to be tending towards the great enslaver.
Technolgoy is often made in the hopes [at least by normal people] that it will give us more free time -- to spend with our families, to spend with our friends, to spend resting, to spend persuing our own interests, to spend doing whatever it is we want or feel like, to have a good life. Instead, technology is infact producing the opposite effect. The free time technology is producing is instantly filed with more work. And the work we do often seem to be harder or more stressful. The social impacts of our inventions are often hard to predict. [Just look at the car for example. It was seen as the solution to the great horse manure problem. But the problems it has produced have been far worse.]
Of course it can be expected. Business does seem to be war. If one competitor [business] uses the free time to get more work done (instead of giving it to the employees to do whatever the want) then others will have to do so too to compete.
The only way I can see to get the free time for ourselves is to mandate, by law, that we get it -- for example, make it illegal for anyone to work more than a four day work week... 32 hours a week -- that way no business can get the advantage.
Of course there are problems with this. Other countries might not have a similar law; and if you have any kind of free-trade agreement in place, then you'll have the unfair competition. (I guess that can be seen as an argument against free-trade.) A similar type of situation is happening with countries that have slave-like labour. Because some coutries have slave-like labour (and because of the global economy that we have) all coutries are having to create populations of slave-like labour forces, of their own people, to compete.
Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.
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