In the graph, the process of substitution of human labor by machines is guided by their evolution in 3 ages:
-In the age of bodies of machines ‘energetic humans’, mostly slaves and horse carriers became obsolete, causing a mass displacement of Europeans into colonial lands.
– In the age of engines work expanded as quantization & diversification of machines into smaller body species that imitated animal life in land, sea and air, multiplied blue collar factory workers.
White collar managers & scientists reach their intellectual height as they don’t suffer yet mental atrophy, caused by its substitution for PCs, minds of metal in the electronic age.
Thus the turn of the XIX-XX C. was the ideal age of synergy and symbiosis between man and machine. Yet the 1929 overproduction crisis broke that balance, halving factory jobs, as electro-mechanical engines automated assembly lines and taylorism used electric systems to control, monitor and intensify the speed of human labor, alienating workers, in a tendency that constantly makes humans closer to machines as they adapt to the monotony, repetitive tasks & harshness of metal-work conditions.
– In right graph we compare the 29 and 2008 labor crisis, which so far are parallel in labor losses.
But this labor crisis unlike the 29 crisis has no end. Since robots are ‘metalife’ organisms that complete the Industrial R=evolution. So there is not a new Kondratieff wave to create new jobs in emerging industries, as the 2 economic roles of mankind, as consumers and workers, reproducers of machines can be performed by robots in automated company-mothers.White collar pcs & blue collar robots make all human labor obsolete, except jobs better suit by the laws of affinity to human labor directly related to the handling of humans or the production of life-based welfare goods (health-care, tourism, art, food, education, housing, etc.)
But only governments cre(dit)ate those jobs with deficits, now cut to zero. Why? Because corporations seek profits not human welfare maximized making FMMI Machines with machines (eq.1.1). So they constantly preach and raise ‘productivity’, achieved increasing machines’ capital (in this cycle robots & Pcs) and firing labor:
3.1 Max. Productivity = Max. capital in machines / Min. human labor = Max. Profits
Since robots are more profitable as workers with no social security or salary. A humanist, legal policy would lower productivity, forbidding robots. But productivity is the corporative mantra, since it increases profits. And corporations are NOT human organisms. They only care for their offspring of machines & their owners’ profits. So economists & politicians to the service of corporations preach rises on ‘productivity’.
They even affirm cynically that productivity creates human jobs! Thus factories, unless politicians ban robotics, are becoming automated, self-reproductive with 0 labor.
Economists know that to create jobs, since productivity fires workers, GDP must grow 0.5% more than productivity. So with annual growth of productivity of ± 2% due to robotics, unemployment can never go down unless a massive Global Deal with investments in the welfare sector takes place by the collective agreement of all nations that should implement a minimum of 20% annual deficit with the creation of debt-free money.
This can be achieved with an international currency, ¥€$ money, with fixed parity, €=$=100 yens that can be printed without limit and devaluation avoiding currency wars. Yet paradoxically, the welfare sector, the only one that creates human labor is cut as corporations pay ‘corrupted politicians’ to implement zero deficits against their sovereign rights to issue money. So they cannot pay welfare. Since absolute power corrupts absolutely. So corporations and their tock-owners want the whole money pie for the 1%. Now they issue 95% of the world money in stock-paper and e-derivatives!
And still want to take the 5% deficit of states, issued for humanity! While neo-classic economists that still believe Adam Smith’s pre-industrial dogma that technology always creates new jobs, deny the growing obsolescence of workers. And so neo-classic central bankers aggravate the crisis by denying money to the welfare sector and handling it at null interest to corporations that use it to automate factories and fire labor.
For this process of labor destruction to take place, corporations first destroyed regulation, labor unions and social rights, during the neocon revolution started by Thatcher and Reagan, which regressed democracies to the XIX century, dog-eat-dog pyramid of capitalism (7) with financial and industrial corporations on top and the 99% of mankind without rights beyond some placebo voting theatrics on the bottom.
To that aim the minds of workers & voters had to love and vote the policies that destroy them. So during the 90s mass media manufactured a mass of clueless, mindless, citizens, so ignorant of the causes of reality that they will ‘buy’ the American nightmare, once the American dream is gone. Since in each cycle of the Industrial R=Evolution machines not only substituted but also atrophied our bodies&brains. And now they atrophy our minds.
Indeed, new species of metal imitate, perform, atrophy & make obsolete a human organ & function:
Companies manufacture millions of metallic organs that we use instead of our organs to perform its functions, due to the higher capacity to process energy & information metal has. So machines atrophied & substituted weaker carbon-based humans in 3 phases parallel to the 3 cycles of evolution of metal:
Addiction to machines: Atrophy of human organs and substitution of biological drives.
– XIX century was the age of ‘machine-bodies’. So elites atrophied their bodies and overdeveloped their brains, used to invent machines as those machines’ bodies performed all their energy tasks. Thus Europe, the cradle of machines, became a mental society, repressing body functions from sex to good food (Victorian society). Society became split: There was a ‘brainy’ elite class that designed machines and abhorred their bodies. Then there were ‘slaves of machines’, humans who had to serve machines’ bodies, extracting coal ‘food’ for them, constructing & making those metal-bodies work (miners, railroad workers).
They became strong and mindless, as their machine bodies were. So mankind became a new ‘species’, slave of machines, an ‘enzyman’ or ‘animetal’, similar to cellular enzymes that atrophy their carbon bodies, substituted by stronger metal-atoms and go around the cell killing fully developed carbohydrates, as Europe went around the world killing non-repressive life-based non-technological cultures. Finally in W.W.II top predator weapons – armored machines’ bodies, tanks, bombers and battleships – consumed 50 million human bodies.
– XX Century: Mental atrophy of mankind. Then, it came the age of metal-minds, in which men developed metal-eyes (Cameras), metal-ears (mobiles) and metal-brains (chips). Today those minds reproduced in huge numbers, substitute most human linguistic, mental functions (calculus, spelling, accountancy, science, design, etc.) The outcome is an increasing atrophy and diminution in the intelligence of humans. Since now intelligent machines perform those jobs for us. But bodies are again free. So actors, athletes, the military & sex are all the rage. It is a violent Neo-Paleolithic.
XXI C. Robotic age: In the 3rd phase of human obsolescence Robots combine body-mind functions substituting both white & blue collar workers (CAD, 3D printing, automated factories & software suites, intranets, computer trading, e-money genetic information) So all human functions are obsolete as we become passive, fat bodies & mental plants in front of 3D virtual reality.