The digital camera has made us all photographers. Youtube has made us all film makers. Blogs have made us all writers. Free software has made us all desktop publishers and web designers. Twitter has made us all journalists. Cheap digital printing allows us to design our own t-shirts and print our artwork onto canvas. Garageband allows us to record and master our own music. 3D printing allows us to design and manufacture our own consumer items.
Before the age of mass manufacture we each made what we needed when we needed it. After mass manufacture, it seems we’ll be doing much the same. And the short-lived window of opportunity that has been the creative industries will be closed.
Long term there can be no money to be made doing things humans naturally want to do, because there is money to be made bringing that fun to everyone, and money is like water – eventually it finds the shortest route.
It’s also compensation. That’s the fundamental reason for money to exist, and nobody can really expect compensation for something they like doing. So perhaps the only way to earn a living in the future will be by doing things we all hate.
Look at your job. If you enjoy it there will be somebody somewhere working on a way to remove you from the equation. So you’re screwed. If however you dread getting up for work in the morning, good news – you’ll probably get to do it for ever. So you’re screwed.