According to some experts, machines are well on track on take up to 50% of our jobs within the next 30 years. If you go to some places now – you may have already noticed the transformation. McDonald’s, for example, has little kiosks where you can order your food and pay with your phone. I think I saw about 4 employees working that day.
The Guardian has worked with Moth Collective to create a short animation imagining what our future might be like.
Entitled “The Last Job on Earth”, it follows a young woman called Alice, the holder of the last recognizable job on Earth, as she wakes up in a futuristic city. After reading the news on her bathroom mirror while brushing her teeth, she heads to the medical center for a medical check before heading to work in a self-driving pod. Unfortunately, once she arrives she’s in for a bit of a shock.
While we can’t predict the future, we can imagine a world without work – one where those who own the tech get rich from it and everyone else ekes out a living, propped up by an increasingly fragile state. Meet Alice, holder of the last recognizable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world.
Watch the animation above and see more work from Moth Collective here.
You start dying when you stop dreaming.