AI & market forces
Woz's comment about AIs running companies is the way I see things panning out:
1. AI is used by company to help make decisions - maybe analysing masses of data.
2. AI is improved, eventually replacing humans for most tasks. This is cheaper as, until anti-slavery laws are updated, AIs are not recompensed. Company shareholders are happy, as they initially have more money coming in the door. This is not a leap. Shareholders are rarely concerned about the people who actually make the money for them.
3. AIs making directorial decisions within companies is not total fantasy. Currently, as companies get larger, they become dumber. The cleverness of individuals is lost as office politics and committee decisions become more influential. Cutting out the middlemen, a single AI might outcompete a company run on hierarchical principles.
4. there are fewer opportunities available to humans to earn money. Only things left are niches where they are more efficient or cheaper than AIs. Whether the average quality of life goes up or down for humans is moot.
Pretty easy to see that within our lives a company could exist with few or no human employees.
Also easy to see that most companies would have to exist with a fraction of their current employees, or be beaten.
I don't think the AI overlords would need to decide to make us all redundant or even kill us off. It would just happen.