People have worked remotely for thousands of years.
Before the Industrial Revolution, women in cottages across the land wove wool into cloth and sold it to manufacturers who turned it into clothes.
Technology developed, and it was more profitable to have everyone weaving together, so the factory was born.
Two hundred years later and we are going back to our homesteads.
Technology has spawned a new breed of the industry: cottage creators. Or perhaps, more aptly, condo creators.
Individuals or small groups can now produce content as well (or better) than most major studios and publishing houses.
Watching 5-a-side pick-up games on YouTube is more fun than the big leagues in many ways. We can even save lives with memes.
Supporting upstart musicians, independent journalists, and Instagram artists creates an explosion of cultural diversity and creativity that makes the Renaissance look barbaric.
It’s a part of an unstoppable wave of economic adjustment that will leave society unrecognizable in fifty years or less.
As we automate more tasks, we will need more entertainment, more ideas, more stories and more games than ever before. Or things could get nasty.
Now is your chance.
Save the human.
Decisions made before we get there are tough to swallow.
That’s why all kids burn their fingers on the stove. They weren’t there when it was decided it was too hot to touch, even though the information was relayed to them sincerely.
Telling somebody, “We decided giving you Y would be better than giving you X” is pointless because we didn’t give them a chance to consider the alternative.
Something isn’t better than nothing if you didn’t realize you were getting nothing to begin with.
And what might seem like the best of both worlds could turn out to be the worst of both for the person who wasn’t involved in the conversation.
It’s safer not to assume otherwise.