OK i'm going to put out a theory i have been rolling around in my head for a while. I know it will never happen, and has a bit of 'leftist' leanings but i still think it is an interesting idea nonetheless.
So back in the day (1930's onwards) people we excited about what the future held and how new products would revolutionize their lives. Humans would no longer have to work, as robots/machines would do everything, allowing us to relax and enjoy being human.
What has really happened is each time a new technology has replaced jobs then those people out of work have to find new work etc. More and more technology means more and more job losses, and in turn puts strain on other areas. Bascially the corporations are the only ones benefitting from the technology, not the people who it is replacing.
So, what if, each new technology that was to cause job losses (Say, driverless trains here in Aus for example), had to pay a % of that 'saving' for the life of those who lost thier jobs?
This would mean the train drivers would then have some income, meaning they could then pursue other passions and possibly come up with new business ideas. It would also mean that virtually everyone would want to automate their jobs, meaning that you would assume more innovation would happen.
The only downside i can see is that new technologies may not be implemented as the savings dont stack up, but in theory technology will keep improving, whereas the human whose job it replaces will die and then no % would need to be paid to the next generation.
Bit of a long post but would love members thoughts....