Dec 23, 2013
Life on autopilot

A new wave of technological advancements is making it easier than ever to plug into a techno-utopian automated lifestyle, as people increasingly expect to exchange minimum input for maximum output.

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Depression-era economist John Maynard Keynes and cartoon family The Jetsons might not seem like kindred spirits, but they shared the same vision: in the future, machines would do all the hard work for us. Judy Jetson had Rosie the Robot Maid and Keynes predicted that the industrial revolution would usher in the 15-hour working week. So what happened to their dream? Not much, apparently; studies suggest we’re working longer than ever. [1]