Can we turn this into a general economies thread
What are your all's expectations towards automation & universal basic income
automation is the future, yes, but people are overplaying the replacement idea. automation is about augmenting human abilities. Peter Thiel writes about this extensively, along with some other lesser known authors. It's popular to say that everyone's going to be replaced by robots and they can sit at home and collect a government paycheck. But this will be the same thing that happened with the cotton gin, automated textile machines, swtich-board operators, etc. Less people will be needed to make manufactured item X, but people will still be needed to program, service, set up, etc the machines that make item X. We're years away from this happening anyway, and like anything else, it's going to be expensive as hell and therefor only useful for really expensive items. McDonald's Happymeal toys are still going to be made by peasants in China.
Much as people want to believe, we're a long, long way away from a Skynet-style supercomputer that can manage it's own robotic ecosystem with no input from humans. The only thing automation is going to do is free up more people to work in other areas. Have no doubt, it's going to be a really, really painful transition, way worse than the 80s/90s with computers or the 90s/00s with the internet, but it isn't going to be the end of capitalism like all these hipster faggots are claiming.
edit: universal basic income is a complete joke