"Imagine waking up one morning and finding out that you are no longer useful," says John Danaher. How would you feel? Probably not very happy. But in this paper (33 page PDF) Danaher argues that "technologically-induced human obsolescence can be welcomed if we can build a culture that embraces its advantages." What this means is redefinining what we mean by value and meaning in people. "Not all external demands and standards are true sources of value and meaning, and hence not all competitions to meet those demands are worthy of respect... a culture in which humans are not expected or encouraged or demanded to meet certain external standards, nor valued primarily for their ability to contribute economically or otherwise to society, but are instead freed from the yoke of external standards – might be the best way to cope with rapid technologically- induced change."