Yuval Noah Harari's coming crisis for homo sapiens.
WEF Advisor Yuval Noah Harari explains how the next Industrial Revolution will create a class of 'Meaningless, Worthless' people.
" In the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century, what humanity basically learned to produce what all kinds of stuff, like textiles, and shoes, and weapons, and vehicles. And this was enough for a very few countries that underwent the revolution fast enough to subjugate everybody else.
What we are talking about now is like a second industrial revolution, but the product this time will not be textiles, or machines, or vehicles, or even weapons. The product this time will be humans themselves. We are basically learning to produce bodies and minds. Bodies and minds are going to be, I think, the two main products of the next wave of all these changes. And if there is a gap between those who know how to produce bodies and minds, and those that do not, then this is far greater than anything we saw before in history.
And this time, if you are not part of the revolution fast enough, then you are going to become extinct. Once you know how to produce bodies and brains and minds, cheap labour in Africa or South Asia or wherever simply counts for nothing.
Again, I think the biggest question maybe in economics or politics of the coming decade will be what to do with all these useless people. I don't think we have an economic model for that.
My best guess, which is just a guess, is that food will not be a problem. With those kinds of technologies, you will be able to produce food to feed everybody. The problem is more, eh, boredom! How to - what to do with them, to find some source of meaning in life, when they are basically meaningless, worthless.
My best guess at present a combination of drugs and computer games.
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