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App. B—Commissioned Background Papers

steps which can and should be taken.

First, we must provide retraining for workers robots for new and better occupations.

displaced by

Second,

(after

a decade or so when robots begin to

make

a

significant

impact

on

productivity)

we

can decrease the

workweek.

It is nowhere

written in stone

that

humans

must

work 40

hours per week.

As robots take

over

more and

more

work, humans can improve their

work

environment

crease week.

their work Education and

periods leisure

to 30, 20, activities

or even 10

can

be

and de– hours per increased

virtually voluntary.

without

limit.

Eventually all “work” could be

However,

in order

wide

variety

of

to achieve mechanisms

this we will need for broadening our

to explore a ownership of

robots plans, public

and automatic factories.

Employee

stock

ownership

individual mutual fund

robot-owner entrepreneurs, and even semi- ownership plans might be developed in the

future.

If

everyone

could

own

the

equivalent

of

one

or

two

robots, everyone would be financially independent, less of whether they were employed or not.

regard-

Finally,

in

the

next

few

years

and

decades,

we

must

recog-

nize that to go around.

it

is premature to worry about insufficient work

There

is

virtually

an

unlimited

amount

of

needs to be done in eliminating poverty,

hunger,

not only in America, but throughout develop renewable energy resources>

the clean

world. up the

explore

oceans,

the

exploit

cities,

our

work that and disease, We need to environment

rebuild

the planets, and colonize outer space. robotics will open many new possibilities.

The

new

age of

What

we

humans

can do see the liefs.

in the future is opportunities and

limited only by our courage to

our act

imagination to

out

our

be-

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