I just substituted my proposal for a South by Southwest talk from living publicly to the idea I began exploring here yesterday: https://plus.google.com/105076678694475690385/posts/3U8yyTKfjUA

Paul Graham started a great conversation on the topic at Hackernews: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2851470

There's much talk going on at my blog: http://www.buzzmachine.com/2011/08/05/the-jobless-future/


I crossposted to HuffingtonPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-jarvis/a-jobless-future----where_b_920066.html

Henry Blodget just crossposted it at BusinessInsider: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-jobless-future-2011-8

This is the next topic I want to work on and I want to do it in a different way -- through discussion. So all the contributions to the debate are invaluable to me as I explore these notions. Again, thank you.

The SXSW proposal title is, "Honey, we shrunk the economy."

The proposal: Technology now leads to efficiency over growth. That means that we're not going to have a jobless recovery. We're going to have a jobless future. Pick any industry and see how technology, the internet, global connectedness, and transparent markets are bringing tremendous efficiency. Newspapers have shrunk by hundreds of thousands of jobs and may disappear -- while news expands at less cost. Borders, Circuit City and untold stores are gone, replaced by a new retail supply chain -- aka, Amazon. Construction has imploded and won't reinflate and recreate jobs. We will discuss the implications for business, technology, education, and policy. Instead of bailing out the old institutions -- GM, banks, even governments -- we should enable and invest in the entrepreneurs who will disrupt them. Education must shift to nurturing those entrepreneurs and retraining the jobless. We must invest in efficiency. Help me explore these ideas, this future.

Questions I propose to address with the room:

Why is technology different now? Why isn't it creating more jobs than it kills?
How are incumbent institutions preventing change and slowing this progress?
How should government help this process? Can it?
How must education change to serve such a world?
Are we headed to an economy no longer built on growth but instead on efficiency?

And that room, I hope, will be filled with he entrepreneurs and technologists who are creating this future, the investors who are funding it, the educators who are supplying it, the government wonks who should be enabling it and the rest of us who are trying to figure it out.
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