If there has ever been a historical moment apt to foster optimism of the intellect, right now would not appear to be it. So it’s heartening to see how much is nonetheless available. This spring, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quoted as saying that, in a more just or sensibly organized social system, “we should be excited” about automation rather than fearing the mass joblessness it will bring:
What it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in. Because not all creativity needs to be bonded by wage.