Manual laborers are pretty common because they usually require very little investments in terms of skill training.
Engineers and doctors are quite uncommon because you need to invest on their high level training and education.
Talented athletes and artists are somewhat rare because in born gifts and talents are not something that you can earn in school.
Wage payment, like everything else, is highly dependent on supply and demand.
A lot of people can do physical labour but not everyone can do mental work very well.
So mentally exceptional people are a rarer commodity.
However people doing physically taxing jobs should be provided with top notch equipment and any accidental injuries should he converted by the companies.
Doesn't matter. We'll come to the point where computers will be doing both "brain" work and physical work.
At that point, there will be a high unemployment rate, people will start to starve, even intellectuals could feel threatened and unite with the struggling side, at some point, civil war will take place, technocrats and scientist which promoted the AI and auto-labor enforcement will get hanged and then, an international accordance will emerge in order to forbid it from ever happening again.
Any nation not obeying will get cut off from the international trade agreement, even if that means a great economic damage for all others.
That's how I predict it.
PS: If my prediction is at least a bit accurate, if that happens, humanity will face a forced regression at some point in the future and I think that industrial managers and CEO's know that, they have to win the trust and feel backed by the people from the nation, enforcing such a thing only creates anti-trust and when the people are not there, when they are abandoned, they will eventually stand up and kill you in the most horrible way you could ever imagine.
All the people behind those big companies, are like you and me, they have families, they look for the future, they feel fear like any other.
People should get paid based on the `benefit they bring to the company. If the person's contribution brings a lot of profit then their income should reflect the value they bring. That's why the government should not be deciding how much people should be paid. How can the government know what every industries' employees worth to their companies? They can't. I'd imagine that the company's board is better able to determine the value that a leader brings to the company than the US government. I'd also imagine that they are more likely to not overpay because they know the limits of what someone is worth too.
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