Matt Yglesias had a neat insight which I think I’ll steal for the Incatena: people in the future won’t all have “futuristic jobs”.

But a lot of what’s going to happen is that we’ll just have more employment in already-extant banal fields that’s just aren’t amenable to being done by Chinese people or robots. After all “the future” in this sense is a richer world. Right now, some people work as personal trainers. If people were richer, more people would hire personal trainers, and your personal trainer can’t live in Shenzhen so this is one of “the jobs of the future.”

Of course, if people are richer in general these will be reasonably paid jobs.  It’s not as exotic as spaceship pilot or nanotech engineer, but I think his logic is right.

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