Technology, automation, and the elimination of jobs is nothing new, and has been around since the beginning of time. However today the world is suddenly coming upon a threshold in which there are few natural horizons through which workers who lose their jobs to innovation can have something they can transition into.
Silicon Valley will be watching closely. As job loss due to automation becomes more of a foregone conclusion, pressure is likely to build on the tech industry to help usher in policies that will address it.
Elon Musk, who promised that all of Tesla's new vehicles will be capable of driving fully autonomously sometime this year, admitted recently that he thinks universal basic income will be necessary. Eliminating driving roles alone would wipe out 2 million jobs in the U.S., increasing unemployment by 6 percent. - INC
For the most part, human labor has always been considered cheap and disposable, and those in power and who have reached the pinnacle of success rarely consider the plight of those who struggle to simply survive and wrest a decent living during their productive years. And whether it is in the slaves and citizens forced to build the Egyptian pyramids or Great Wall of China, or those who were treated as criminals by the Rockefellers when they didn't work hard enough in the coal mines of Appalachia during the latter part of the 19th century, the destruction of the working class in favor of automation will only result in the destruction of a society no matter how much free money or 'basic incomes' a government deems to provide them.