The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding (and what it might have to do with Universal Basic Income)
What if we regarded code not as a high-stakes, sexy affair, but the equivalent of skilled work at a Chrysler plant?
Indeed, I've been wondering about this subject for years, telling people that programmers will be the working class of the 21st century. That will mean the party of good and above-average well-paid jobs will be over for many of us. Until a decade or two ago, a programmer was some kind of artisan – crafting unique solutions with their individual programming style, albeit sometimes rather clunky and improvised ones, often to bridge gaps between larger systems of different vendors deployed in companies and organizations.
Then however, agile methodologies (like Kanban, invented by Toyota after all) became more and more popular, and not everyone was aware what that means. Your unique programming "style" will have to come to an end. The programmer has to be made replaceable, become a factory worker, for the "greater good" of better friction-less processes within and between organizations.
So, does society still need universal basic income? Doe we really have a problem with automation and technological unemployment? In theory, not so much really, if everyone can become a coder, in the view of governments and corporations at least. They may regard even bad coders, who contribute next to nothing in production, but have some knowledge about the systems and processes running, as better human resources than basic income recipients who are essentially unaccountable.