Only a moron thinks the world I'm talking is hypothetical - it's the world we live in today.
Look at food production. It used to consume huge amounts of human labor, proportional to the population, and yet now it takes vastly less, in part due to tooling and automation. Do you seriously think that trend won't continue?
Look at construction. It's a hugely labor intensive industry... Except where robots are working on putting together (and in some cases making) pre-fab components. Do you seriously think that this trend won't also continue?
Look at the cost of obtaining raw materials and how it has vastly decreased over time. Do you think that trend won't also continue? Imagine herds of bots and bacterium going through landfills and converting yesterday's trash into today's materials. Oh wait, you don't have to - this is already being done, on a very small scale, in labs today.
It's actually more expensive - and dehumanizing and demeaning - to provide social services today in the way that we do rather than it would be to just give those who can't afford it a basic (and by no means luxurious) standard of living.
The majority of people ALREADY don't do a damn thing to ensure that we have the basic essentials of life, and the vast majority of people ALREADY do work that can (and most certainly will) be easily and more effectively done by machines.
It's amusing - and a little sad - that you seem to lack the ability to think of humans at leisure as anything other than "loafing around." Why should only a select few be allowed to focus on pursuits that interest them rather than just survival?
What makes them so special that they should be spared from toil? Look at someone who slaves away in a sweat shop 16 hours a day for scraps and tell me - with a straight face - that they aren't working as hard as some IBanker who just shuffles money around and creates nothing. Yet one of them would die in a month if they lost their job, and the other will make enough money by 40 to live like a god until the end of their days.
It's people like you who are exactly what I'm referring to when I talk about people with their heads in their asses.
The sooner we all come to realize that the very fundamentals of human survival have changed, the sooner we can embrace what's already happened and the less disruptive it will be.
Our economy is ALREADY in the shitter, by the way: we have children who go hungry, despite the fact that we make enough food to feed the entire planet several times over. We have mothers and daughters and sisters and fathers and sons and brothers who die to easily preventable diseases and easily treatable illnesses just because they can't afford to pay for it, despite the fact that the necessary vaccines and treatments are actually very inexpensive. We have young minds going into crippling debt to obtain a college education because they HAVE to in order to get a low paying job that will never make use of that education or risk starving amidst plenty.
If you don't think THAT is a description of an economy in the shitter, then I pity you.