For as long as we’ve had literature, we’ve had literature about the near and far future. There’s a lot of things that keep developing in unexpected ways as technology moves forward, so it’s safe to say that we’ve reached a point where we can probably rule out some of the weird ideas that have been presented over the decades. One thing where the idea couldn’t be creative or crazy enough was what jobs we’d be doing in the future. Because yes, in the future we’ll still be working 40 hours a week to make a boss happy and hopefully get paid enough to buy a tiny house.
Take a look at some of the predictions that have been made in science fiction literature about the jobs we’ll be doing, and let’s see if it’s still a reasonable option or not.
In Philip K. Dick’s work The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch the main character works for a company creating layouts. The layouts are a sort of virtual reality platform that helps people space out properly when taking the right drug. Sadly in that virtual reality a character named Perky Pat rises up and creates his own religion, making the religious references ever so thinly veiled. But yeah, basically the main characters creates VR platforms that you can trip on.
You know what’s going to be worse than aliens visiting Earth? Not being able to communicate with aliens visiting Earth. Ted Chiang thought the same, and that’s why he decided that In his book Story of Your Life the main character would be someone capable of communicating with aliens. And this all within the span of what I can only assume is a few weeks after the aliens first arrive on the planet!