'The Last Job on Earth' is a film produced in collaboration with the Guardian Sustainable Business section. The short film animation shows a woman named Alice as the holder of the last recognizable job on earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world.
Moshe Vardi, Professor of computer science, Rice University said that "Machines could take 50% of jobs in the next 30 years".
"Automation may mean a post-work society but we shouldn't be afraid. To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work." Paul Mason
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Directed, Designed and Animated by Moth Collective
Lead Animator - Carlos De Faria
2D Animation - Moth Collective & Sabine Volkert v
3D Animation - Claudio Salas
Compositing - Moth Collective & Claudio Salas
Artworking - Stephen Vuillemin, Moth Collective, Sabine Volkert & Frankie Swan.
Sound and Music - Box of Toys Audio
Commissioning Editors - Tess Riley, Laura Paddison
Writer and Creative Director - Alistair Campbell
Senior Producer - Lucile Weigel
Executive Producer - Amelie von Harrach
Script editor - Frances Polletti
Supported by - Doen Foundation
"When researchers Frey and Osborne predicted in 2013 that 47% of US jobs were susceptible to automation by 2050, they set off a wave of dystopian concern. But the key word is “susceptible”.
The automation revolution is possible, but without a radical change in the social conventions surrounding work it will not happen. The real dystopia is that, fearing the mass unemployment and psychological aimlessness it might bring, we stall the third industrial revolution. Instead we end up creating millions of low skilled jobs that do not need to exist.
The solution is to begin to de-link work from wages. You can see the beginnings of the separation on any business flight. Men and women hunched over laptops and tablets, elbows so close that if it were a factory it would be closed on health and safety grounds...."
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