In the next 20 years intelligent machines will eliminate a large percentage of human jobs. The impact of this change has the potential to create, at least temporarily, vast levels of unemployment, increased poverty, and homelessness. In light of this coming event, churches seeking to aid those affected should begin to prepare for how they will help people to address these future concerns. To many people today, a developing robotic workforce that will dramatically decrease human employment may still seem like an excerpt from a sci-fi novel. But in most business circles, there isn’t much question that such large-scale automation will occur.
As robots continue to be developed, business owners are finding that they are not only more efficient at many jobs that humans currently do, but they also come with less business risk and more fiscal gain. With a potential large number of jobs being lost by humans in a short period of time, it is very possible that the global unemployment rate may rise so dramatically that mass negative systemic social issues within culture begin to occur. This has the potential to create a public crisis of uncertainty about the future. And typically, when questions of ultimate meaning arise for humanity, institutions of faith are where people go in search of answers. FULL REPORT