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  1. Avatar todd says:

    I guess it depends on what you define as a “necessary” job. If “necessary” means involved with supplying the basic necessity of life, then I think it’s fair to say that most of the jobs in a modern economy are not “necessary.” If instead you are simply asking how will everyone be employed and make a living, you need look no further than the simple observation that resources are limited but human desires are not. As long as people continue to want things that they don’t have, there will be other people employed in doing their best to provide for them.Report

  2. Avatar Ian M. says:

    Increasing innovation could quite easily reduce the number of hours worked for the same number of workers. Unfortunately, historic advances in productivity have been used to remove workers and increase profit. A robust trade union movement can (and regionally has) negotiated for a slice of innovation efficiency. We are in the historic situation that workers are replace and positions eliminated. This is not a necessary outcome of innovation, only the most likely.Report