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Default The effects of automation on a stellar society

IMTU, the Varan people survived catastrophe by relying on technology - specifically robotics and artificial intelligence. See relevant info in my .sig link.

Essentially, drudge work and most services are performed by bots, droids, and automated systems. This runs the gamut from agriculture to wait staff and other menial jobs. Most trade is also automated, with fully automated ships running trade routes with minimal human input.

The Varans are approaching the point where survival is no longer as large a concern, and they are starting to expand their horizons. Exploration and colonization will be upcoming priorities.

I foresee society having a human professional segment, and a lot of free time for creative endeavor. They can work if they want to, but it is not required. As time goes on, I can see them losing some skills, and expanding into others. The hard part will be preventing stagnation and boredom.

[ side note: read Robert A. Heinlein's "For Us the Living" and "Time Enough for Love" for some insight into what I see happening. ]

I've got a good idea where my campaign will be going, but am looking for other opinions. Please keep comments constructive - I know opinions will vary, and I'm looking for useful input, not arguments.

So, consider a society where automation is normal. Humanity has the option to do these jobs, but no need to do so.

What effects would this much automation have?

What types of "jobs" would you expect a person to do?

What benefits and detriments would you see resulting from this?

Creative input appreciated - I'm looking for your version of the future, as a sanity check for mine.
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