[ExI] Is unemployment the future?

Mirco Romanato painlord2k at libero.it
Tue Nov 3 16:48:31 UTC 2009

Stefano Vaj ha scritto:
> 2009/11/3 Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org>
>> How many job openings in the US are left in engineering (and I mean real
>> engineering, not inflationary-engineering like networking engineer or
>> software engineer)?

> Sorry if I am pestering you, but I think it is at least equally
> plausible to see things the other way around. Engineering is declining
> in Europe because cultural values dictate that you should be instead a
> banker, a lawyer or a consultant.

Not exactly cultural values, but the social reality make the lawyers, 
the accountants, the consultants, the financial manager jobs more 
profitable than engineering and medical degrees and other technical / 
scientific professions.

How many engineers go working in Brazil, China, India and other places 
from Europe and North America?

> And the view is widespread that a society can live perfectly well by
> simply selling financial and commercial services to one another.

It is not that they see it as a sustainable system, it is that they see 
it as the current best system to earn money and not be ripped-off.

> As a consequence, economy (and technological innovation!) slow down.
> This in turn creates unemployment. And ultimately poverty, for that
> matter. Not that this makes any easier to find a good butler or
> lute-maker, eg, even though in such jobs technology remains largely
> irrelevant.

These jobs are victims of the state run schools and regulations, that 
are only able to produce dumbed down drones sometimes useful as 
workforce in a primitive industrial society.

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