I can’t believe there are no Bucky quotes on this blog yet. I was reminded of this passage from Critical Path, p223, while writing piece on the subject “Schools of the Future: Why Architects Matter.” Paying people to stay home and asking students to learn from TV does not strike me as a workable social structure because it is ultimately isolating and stratifying. But the line of thought regarding energy, labor, and technology is compelling, particularly considering technology’s effect on society and the environment in the past 30 years.
As mentioned, World Game finds that 60 percent of all the jobs in the U.S.A. are not producing any real wealth—i.e., real life support. They are in fear-underwriting industries or are checking-on-other-checkers, etc. The majority of the jobs occasion the individuals using three to four gallons per day in their automobiles to go to and form work—at true cosmic costing this means four million dollars per worker per day. Obviously the computer finds that it would save the planet Earth’s energy account $500 trillion a day to give all the non-wealth-producing workers their full pay to stay at home.
In the same way the World Game’s world-around-integrated computers will show that it will save-pay handsomely to pay all professors and teachers in full to stay at home or in their laboratories and relinquish all teaching to video cassettes, whose selectable programs are to be called out by the indvidual students of all ages around the world to be shown on their home television sets. The old educational facilities and a small fraction of individual teachers who love most to teach will use the old educational facilities within which to produce the cassette programs.
The computer will prove to society that it will pay to introduce automation wherever feasible and to allow the machines to work twenty-four-hour days while paying yesterday’s workers in full to stay home. Only those who love each particular technology will keep the world-around video education in operation. those who pass the exams to qualify for such working will not be paid for it. They will ct as does any amateur athlete—doing what they do for the love of it. This competing to qualify for all the production and service jobs will govern all work. The work will not be paid for . Everything the individual needs is already paid for.