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Technology is threatening to strike at the heart of the American workforce. There are about 3.5 million truckers and a few million other transportation jobs that will probably be lost in the next 5 years. We are already seeing cashier jobs going away, but not all will be lost. It can't be long before we see 100% automated fast food restaurants and that could wipe out another 3.5 million jobs. Humanoid robots will eventually redefine work as we know it.

The idea of UBI (Universal Basic Income) has come up lately. I'm not a huge fan of this, but I'm not opposed to it either. I've seen the down side of people living their whole lives on welfare. I like the idea of distributing labor evenly and reducing hours for everyone.

I've seen the negative side of employers and unemployment insurance. There has got to be a way to fix this system.

I was homeless for 4 years. A UBI sure would have helped. The food stamps system is a welfare system designed so that the money can only be spent on the necessity of food. HUD is the same for housing. UBI could be a replacement for those systems. Would that be better? Possibly. It certainly does have the downside of a whole culture living off of UBI. And problems with people wanting to immigrate here for a free ride. That stuff already exists though.

There is a downside to truckers being replaced by automation: all those truckers will now be living in their communities, driving around and heating/cooling their homes. This is a perfect example of how a better technology can make climate change worse.