Then realize you're a proper weirdo because you're still using a physical newspaper to catch up on things. You sell the newspaper since it's an Earth artifact and use the credits to buy some prime real estate on an asteroid in the Martian Trojans. So what kind of jobs would be around in Eclipse Phase? What jobs would people in Eclipse Phase try getting when they're still in, say, high school or college? I'm not talking about jobs that require specialist training like habitat technicians, medical specialists or asteroid miners. I'm talking about the type jobs we all know and love like cashier or dishwasher, both jobs which are largely automated or taken care of by AIs these days. Factories don't exist anymore, and I don't really think there's places like Target or Wal-Mart since you have nano fabbers. Many hypercorps have virtual offices these days, and what physical offices they have are not likely to be giant cubicle farms. This might seem like a really dumb question to ask, but because of my limited (so far) exposure to transhuman fiction I'm genuinely stumped as to what paying jobs would be around that don't require a college degree to enter in that kind of setting. With the rise of robotics and advanced AIs there's really no reason to have humans for many of these crappy jobs (except for maybe distrust of AIs, but those are the exception, even in the inner system), or I'm just not seeing these reasons. Like, take your typical restaurant. Would waiters even be a thing anymore or is it just "mmm yes us transhumans have evolved beyond the needs for waitresses"?
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