Structural unemployment, particularly unemployment caused by automation, is an exemplar of Rittel and Webber’s wicked social policy problems. Unfortunately, their beliefs that, in a pluralistic society:
- there is nothing like the undisputable public good;
- there is no objective definition of equity;
- policies … cannot be meaningfully correct or false;
- it makes no sense to talk about “optimal solutions”; and
- even worse, there are no “solutions” in the sense of definitive and objective answers
predictably lead to humanity blundering from one sub-optimal partial solution to the next. All of our wicked social policy problems will never be solved until we take a coherent systems engineering approach and stop trying to solve what are really sub-problems without knowing/defining our true goal(s) — The Meaning of Life.
(Yes, of course this features far more artificial intelligence than the abstract indicates 🙂 )