This is part of our series “The Switch-Up”, where we look at both sides of an issue, in a reasonable and balanced manner. In this case, we’re looking at the drive for a cashless economy. Make sure you check out the link at the bottom for the other side!
A report released by the Technophiles’ Institute for Transforming, Training and Innovation in Economies and Society (TITTIES) has today shown that a cashless economy will be the fastest way to ensure that every Australian is capable of installing their own printer.
With the perpetual advance of modern technology, the social scientists are becoming increasingly concerned with the unmeasured, unpaid hours of work that technophiles are being forced to do on behalf of technophobes.
This “shadow work” is akin the number of hours of domestic work that are not captured by traditional economic statistics, and are often borne by women. In the case of technical support, the work is mostly done by younger generations, to assist their elders.
“It’s time we forced people to either learn to accept technology or to starve to death” states the report from TITTIES.
“Restricting the sale of all products, including groceries, to those who can install their own apps on their smartphones will drastically reduce this unrecognised work in our economy. Our study has shown that many older people will learn what to do with the right incentives. The ones who won’t are probably a drain on all of our other resources as well. It’s the perfect solution”
In the private sector, the only company to be leading the way in resolving this issue is Apple. By spreading the myth amongst its fans that Apple’s products “just work” and “are simple to use”, it allows them to charge exorbitant fees when something does go wrong. Thus, the technical support provided by their staff is at least paid for.
The other side: Cashless economy supporters exposed as shills for the Treasury