The Wealth of Nations
Chapter I Of the Division of Labour
Adam Smith was working on his book as the American colonists were developing their project for independence.
The web site at the URL below documents highlights of the period:http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features ... eline.html
Taking 1776 as a focal point for Smith's discourse, is is 240 years to the current date, of 2016.
Recognizing that the present undertaking is quite probably overly ambitious, my concept is to compare and contrast Smith's observations with mine 240 years later, AND to attempt to envision principles and practices that may influence human activity going forward. Because I believe that it is both imperative and inevitable that humans will explore the galaxy and settle wherever possible, I will attempt to understand how Smith's observations might apply away from Earth.
Chapter I presents Smith's observations about the efficacy of the Division of Labor, to increase the productivity of a society. Over the past 240 years, we have seen countless examples of the increasingly efficient application of the principles, through the factories that manufacture cell phones in China and numerous other counties today.
In my opinion, we will see less and less of such mindless human activity, as automation continues to take on the duties humans have assumed in response to the demands of the Division of Labor.
In many locations on Earth in 2016, home owners and apartment dwellers enjoy the benefits of automation which allow them to live more comfortably and securely than the grandest ruler of ancient or even comparatively recent times.
At the time Smith was writing, slavery of human beings allowed the ruling class to enjoy the benefits automation provides to average persons today.
Slavery still exists on Earth in 2016. I expect to see it reduced in extent and severity over time, as automation extends to fully ambulatory and articulated human equivalent electromechanical systems.
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