Labor Surplus is a Resource to be Tapped, Not a Liability to Mitigate

“While those ancestral Maori who first colonized the Chathams may have been farmers, Maori tropical crops could not grow in the Chathams’ cold climate, and the colonists had no alternative except to revert to being hunter-gatherers. Since as hunter-gatherers they did not produce crop surpluses available for redistribution or storage, they could not support and feed nonhunting craft specialists, armies, bureaucrats, and chiefs.”

- Diamond, Jared. “Guns Germs And Steel

Technology is such a blessing. As production becomes more efficient, fewer people need to work in order feed the rest.

While in the past, technology has created more jobs because of the efficiency it created, given Moore’s law, as the efficiency of our systems grow exponentially, I believe that it may threaten jobs, if we aren’t able to keep up with the progress.

But what this really is, is the opposite of the Chathams’ experience. There are “crop surpluses” which means that more people are available to discover, build, learn and develop.

All we need to do is invest in empowering people to profit from their creativity. If we invest intelligently in our future, we’re in for quite an exciting ride of creative invention and innovation beyond our wildest dreams.