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At what point in history did the reduction of manual labor via mechanization, automation, and productivity increases via technology stop benefiting the majority of the population and start negatively affecting the quality of life and opportunities for employment available to the average worker?

Will further automation result in massive unemployment for most of the world's population? If so how will corporations and governments deal with this situation caused by technological unemployment?

This is an issue dealing with both history and the humanities.
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>>570359
There is no such tipping point. There is instead a long and complexe history of classes struggle.
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>>570375
Thanks for the non-answer. Can you expand on that statement in a meaningful way?
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>>570383
Not that anon, but he answered your question exactly as good as it can be answered. There is no "point in history". The most specific would be the legal institution of private property, in which case you could say it begins with liberalism and the rise of the capitalist class. And yes, further automation will result in global catastrophe as workers are pushed out of the economy as long as they can balance automation with employing enough humans to buy commodities once in a while.
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>>570383
Progress isn't good or bad. There is no point in history when it had stopped to benefit to the majority of the population.
Simply, some time, some part of the population succeeds to benefit from it.

We could add that we live under a system where the well-being of some needs the exploitation of others.

Your second question has been expressely answered by Marx, formulating the theory of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall : no chance to see a complete replacement of human labor by machine labor under a capitalist system, since the profit emanates only from the exploitation of human labor.
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>>570359
First question, such a point hasn't been hit. Second question, it will happen soon. Third question, depends on the country.

No sweeping answers to such complex questions, anon. :^]
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>>570359
When mechanization renders human labor obsolete.

Basically, in the next 20 years.
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>>570535
It is already and it's not gonna happen but it would scorch your mouth to say that Marx is right.
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>>570359
>At what point in history did the reduction of manual labor via mechanization, automation, and productivity increases via technology stop benefiting the majority of the population and start negatively affecting the quality of life and opportunities for employment available to the average worker?
When mechanisation started:

Hammond & Hammond Town Labourer, Skilled Labourer ; EP Thompson Making.
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>At what point in history did the reduction of manual labor via mechanization, automation, and productivity increases via technology stop benefiting the majority of the population and start negatively affecting the quality of life and opportunities for employment available to the average worker?
Never. That might only happend in the short run.
>Will further automation result in massive unemployment for most of the world's population?
No, otherwise half of the world population would be unemployed today thanks to the industrial revolution.
Innovation does not cause long-term unemployment.
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>>570947
Half the population wouldn't even exist if not for the Industrial Revolution so I'm not sure what your point is.
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>>570947

This.
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>>571392
>The short run.
The marginalist macroeconomist, ladies and gentlemen. This short run never ends, just like copyright.
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