The solution to growing inequality of wealth and the eventual replacement of most work by automation is simple. But it’s easiest to imagine with a little scenario set 50 years from now.
Imagine when robots make robots.
Imagine an IBM Watson artilect (artificial intellect) within a generally capable automaton that can do ANY manual labor, from cleaning, delivery, agriculture, horticulture, construction, mining, culinary, elder care, teaching, animal husbandry — you name it, if it takes an IQ of ~ 80 to ~110 and requires the manipulation of stuff — this robot will do it. But not only that — this robot is being built-by-other-robots. Humans, or approximately 95% of them — as we know them are COMPLETELY redundant.
Well, obviously the humans that are now useless, except as vehicles for end product and service consumption — the whole reason all these robots are necessary in the first place — should /share/ in the benefit that this technology has been created for the top species of the planet. Share in the “profits” of the production of the automation age. Share in the benefits, the ultra-high standard of living, share in the health and luxury and leisure that full automation of all work has provided.
Right now little to no sharing is occurring. The bottom 90% of workers, of income earners, are not earning their portion of what all of this technological advancement is creating. Only the top 10% of capitalists are gaining in today’s world economy. If everyone earned a portion of what the conversion to an automated world will produce — then everyone will have the wealth to spend to keep the economic machine humming.
Without equality of wealth, the only way forward is revolt and revolution.