The Widening Gap: How artificial intelligence deepens the wounds
Let it be known that the advancement of technology and the elements that are therefore evolved has become an essential part of human progress and the development of almost every human society, extending forward to the stabilization of the natural environment and diverse habitats . The prospects of collective harm and hindrance to these seemingly crucibles of progress have been in retrospect, weaponized to create systems of division,thereby fostering growth of homogeneous ideological thought based on values that were deemed essential for that growth. From a perspective of balance, growth is much needed in a world where it seems as if the arguments of Kant,Socrates, Marx and mencius have to be reopened---or more deeply considered. These arguments are a vital consideration in answering the question of the role of morality and ethics in maintaining a robust economic system for all, especially as society becomes more diverse in ideas and all other entities of superficial differences.
For it is too simple for chaos and mayhem to reign. All it takes is a combination of technical flaws and global political instability for that threat to be materialized. In the case of nuclearization as an alternative energy source on the grounds of safety is deeply dishonest and should hold no credence as it has proven to destroy entire cities and alter human cultures. Beyond just the mere dangers it poses, the combination of discriminatory regulations and the resource allocation needed for this development will cause an increase in income inequality across borders and deepen the wounds of the deficit of sustainable internal production of smaller states, as energy is singularly one of the most important aspects of production. This fatal mistake is about to be repeated in the 21st century. Lessons of these dark days have to be taken into serious consideration as they will seldom allow us to repeat some dire mistakes.
This fatal mistake is artificial intelligence, this is no way speaking of the development of artificial intelligence itself, however --- the ways and means it is set to develop and the potential impact it might have in different sectors of the economy will be the collapse of the labour market as we know it. Automation is very much advantageous with people with a surplus of disposable resources, as these people tend to control the means of production thereby obliterating the need of human centred labour and all of the perceived proximal distractions i.e economic baggage. Humans less endowed with the resources to essentially get this system to be economically advantageous for them, as expected will be further derailed especially as parliamentary systems will be indirectly coerced into letting this gap widened. Although our society is deeply divided economically and has come to inherently disregard the voice of the poor, the attempt to obliterate human centred labour will destroy not only less intuitive -inclined jobs, but various forms of work which will place nearly 99% of labour abled humans at risk----again making a more disgruntled population and manufacturing a ripe environment for a political revolution. Not only will there be constituents of a disgruntled nature for politicians to deal with, but the entire global economic structure has to be reconstructed, which will leave all individuals with less resources behind.
In the United states that change will usher in by taking the jobs of many minorities and immigrants--in sectors such as: telling, construction services, manufacturing aids, trade skills etc. At this point the majority population will be less worried and feel safe with perceived more intuitive jobs. When phase two kicks in, the once school to cash jobs such as programming, finance etc will also be limited. At this point,the fears of constituents will be clearly articulated and political-economic institutions will try to create a universal basic income. This will appear to be a gesture of gratitude but it will just ensure the system continues to work. Lets pragmatically evaluate it, if the government provided monthly stipends of $1,200.00 to every individual who is impacted, considering that there is still a multitude of “normal” social -activities and avenues to purchase valuable materials coupled with credit institutions, this is a recipe for economic disaster for the majority. However, not only will the rich assets and wealth continue to expand but that expansion will be secured, as small businesses are drastically reduced or even bought by the mega corporations . Some people will be able to survive assuming that the value of assets will remain the same and some prices of products and essentials may drop. Others will not be able to survive and it is certain that if policies do not ameliorate in favour of a more financially equitable society then the impact will hit especially the minority communities the hardest.
Just in the example of nuclear proliferation above. Historical access is important. If the Russian federation is to fight with the United states, it will be shortsighted and not in its favour as the united states have more nuclear warheads and more military fighting power. If for example there was an international consensus for global denuclearization , this insurance of security will be reduced for the United states and other nuclearized countries ---which will relatively level the playing field. Similarly, income is definitely important but the insurance of assets and wealth will securely delay the rapid economic erosion compared to low wealth/ low asset people--which not only happen to be people of color but was globally systemically designed that way. If there is not immediate attention given to this issue in the format of legislation that promotes technological advancement but inclusive of the continued human centered labour force, then the wounds of inequality will be deepened.
By Jaheim Pierre