This is something to which people seriously need to pay attention. As 3D printing technology gains, industrial jobs lose. This is good news for America, as it means more mfg jobs coming back to our shores. Nothing happens without a price, though, and the price of this will be volatile and could be dangerous. Very dangerous.
We Americans have become accustomed to job mobility; the rest of the world, has not. Except for members of industrial unions, we have accepted that the Information Age is here – and the Industrial Age is basically over. We can afford to move into an accelerating Information Age as rapidly as our technology (we invented all of this stuff, BTW) allows. What to do with those of our citizens so hampered by our Dewey-Prog unionized mal-education remains an open question no one really is addressing. (What to do with those too stupid to survive in an Information Age economy?) But even that will be dealt with by our ever-ingenious Americans.
BUT – and this is a huge “but” – what to do with the tens (hundreds?) of millions of industrial workers around the planet, of entire societies and cultures unable for reasons of education, philosophy, culture, etc., to leave-behind the millions of Industrial Jobs that no longer will be necessary? WHAT will those of millions of soon-to-be-unemployable workers and their families DO? And its not just the 2nd- and 3rd-world; it’s all of an industrial europe in which workers cannot be laid off; work won’t stay THERE, either.
Some people with brains had BETTER be thinking about this. Stopping or preventing the dislocation of the enormous coming productivity increases of the Information Age is NOT an option.
Having a billion new unemployed workers and starving families or the astronomical income gap this will create, is not an option, either… or at least not a peaceful one.
This is what happens when an entire political philosophy is built upon putting BandAids on the past rather than thinking about how best to address a future that is coming, ready or not, and when the opposing political philosophy can’t get out of the me-too rut into which they have driven themselves.