That sounds great in practise MC but what happens when all the companies in an industry do this within months of each other to stay competitive?
You have two situations. By definition, the smallest company, in the lowest tax jurisdiction becomes the most profitable as market share trends to equilibrium.
And with original workers only making 50% with nowhere to go, you're actually impacting the potential that comes after them, generationally speaking, more than you do them.
Your thought process, as usual is very relevant and accurate to likely outcomes.
But you miss one key point, which you actually brushed against.
what happens when all the companies in an industry do this within months of each other to stay competitive?
Well, you either have something like a 75% "original income" tax to fund the newly unemployed on the dole, or... you don't.
You already see it in Coles, 50% less manned tellers, and a huge serve yourself section.
Your points are valid, but none of those points are going to stop "all the companies" from doing it as soon as it's viable.
To keep the world 'human enough', we need to strike at those thinking with their wallets alone, and make sure that "a 25% cost saving might not be worth sacrificing the diversity of a human".
Lets face it, at the moment, and possibly never, can an automated AI phone system "pick up my dry-cleaning please?".
Sorry Leonid, but pointing out the issues isn't going to stop 'The Corporations' from marching forward (if you want to call it forward).
Wherever you go in life, watch out for Scythe, the tackling IT support guy.
"I don't care what race you are, not one f*cking bit, if you want to be seen as a good people, you go in there and you f*ck up the people who (unofficially) represent you in a negative light!"