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Leisure not work is our true calling – Betrand Russell in Praise of Idleness

Not long ago leisure was held in greater esteem than work. Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, De Tocqueville and more recently Barry Jones all saw work as a necessary toil but something to be avoided, it was leisure not work that lead to great insights, true understanding and wisdom. From the quiet contemplation of one’s surrounding, the passive absorption of reality mixed with our …

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Computers are taking our jobs – again

There’s been a lot of chatter in the media recently about AI (Artificial Intelligence), mechanisation, and driverless cars taking all our jobs. I’ve heard this before in the 80’s but it didn’t happen. Why?   There is new evidence everyday that human labour is just not necessary anymore. Adidas has created its first fully mechanised shoe factory in Germany. Driverless …

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Sleepers went back to work

Recently I have been reading Barry Jones’ Sleepers Wake – Technology and the future of work, written in 1982 it foresees a post service work environment, technology will have saved us from much toil and we will need a guaranteed income for all (similar to my Flat Payment) to provide for all those who are not employed with the means …