Mr. Adventure wrote:
I have to admit though that Kirk did like to stick it to the machines.
The scripted handling of Kirk's feelings in "The Ultimate Computer"
actually predicted the future well; today, many in once tradtional factory/assembly industries, security and medical patient records/registration positions are angered that computer controlled "labor" increasingly phases out the human element every few years. It does not help that the consumer culture's blank-eyed lust for everything happening yesterday / gadget conveience, encourages industry (public and private) to cut costs while pursuing what is percieved as the more efficient business model.
While this is likely to change in the next few decades, the reality actually
was that as computer/robots came into greater use, the computer industry and related technologies created MORE jobs and an exploding industry that the USA in particular was innovative in. So the original fears for the 70, 80s, 90s, etc never came to pass.
As for the future, dematerialization is eliminating many physical items, robots are replacing humans at a greater rate, and some of the numbers are now showing in unemployment...the greatest cure for this on the human end is retraining.