It’s a machine’s world: robots at Ocado’s customer fulfilment centre in Andover.

If you’re reading this in the UK, chances are that you’ll have heard of the weekly comic 2000 AD and its mainstay character, Judge Dredd.

I mention this because Dredd’s story is set in a future Mega-City where 87 per cent of the population don’t have jobs due to automation.

Most of the work is done by robots and the citizens are left to get by on ‘welf’ payments, in a semi-fascist police state.

Well, we’ve got the police state while the coronavirus lockdown goes on, and now the businesses are using it to increase automation so they rely less on human beings – and don’t have to employ them.

As for the ‘welf’ benefits – Universal Basic Income, anybody?

Almost half of company bosses in 45 countries are speeding up plans to automate their businesses as workers are forced to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some 41% of respondents in a survey by the auditing firm EY said they were investing in accelerating automation as businesses prepared for a post-crisis world.

The news comes just days after figures showing that 3.3 million people have filed for unemployment in the US. That is by far the highest number ever recorded, and a jump from less than 300,000 the week before. In the UK, 477,000 people applied for universal credit in just nine days.

Source: Bosses speed up automation as virus keeps workers home | World news | The Guardian

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