Automation and Job Loss
I will admit, I am not a very big fan of automation. While I think that’s some things are made better by automation, I don’t think it’s going to bring us a very promising future. The reason for this is I just see far too much of job loss and the inability of people to find work.
The reason for this is that not everybody has the skills to work in computers, AI, and other advanced technology industries. What are the average people going to do? No one seems to be able to answer that. For example, I wanted to be a computer programmer. I took university courses and tried my best to get into computer programming. The problem is that I am just not that good at mathematics. I struggled big time to master it. I had an excellent tutor, and I still only managed to get a C+ in statistics. I had to drop out, as it wasn’t for me.
I’m sure there are other people that are just not good at certain subjects. No matter how much they study them, they will not be able to understand that the subject matter and are suited for basic jobs. The problem with automation is that it’s going to take away many of these basic jobs. For example, I live in a small town in Canada. My town now has many teller jobs that are being taken away by automation. I will no longer shop in these stores because of the automation. I will not support companies that take away jobs from regular people. It’s the never-ending quest for profits and not the welfare of people that are driving automation. Why actually pay a person to do a job when you can have a machine do it? Just pad your pockets with more money and take away that job from someone.
I have to ask these companies who will be buying your products in the future? The people that you employed are the ones that buy your products. If everything is automated and no one has any money, who’s going to be buying what you’re selling? Is anyone even thinking about this? I don’t think so. You just want to automate everything and get rid of everyone’s jobs.
Basic Jobs in Your Community
These are regular people in my community that I care about. These are mothers with small children. There are retired people that need extra money and other individuals that can only work basic jobs. They are not able to get advanced degrees in anything. Perhaps they don’t have the income that is required to get these degrees. Along comes automation, and those basic jobs are taken away from them. What exactly are these people supposed to do for income?
If people with average skills can’t find work, where are they going to go? The answer to this is that they’re going to go onto the street. We will see a rise in homelessness across the globe. This is because all of the basic jobs are now taking up by automation. Why has someone worked in a restaurant when you can have robots do it? You can have automated tellers, driverless trucks, and so on. Everyone that had a basic job will be unemployed. Can anyone tell me what these people are going to do for work? They will be unemployed and on the street. Their jobs will be taken over by a machine. Let’s have a look at some of the statistics.
Job Loss by 2030
- 14% rise in industrial automation each year
- Storage, manufacturing, and transportation face the largest loss due to automation
- By 2030 task hours completed by humans will drop by 13%
- 370 million jobs may disappear by 2030 due to automation
- Generation Z may be the most displaced by automation
- By 2030 robots will displace 20 million more manufacturing jobs
- One-quarter of American jobs are at a high risk of automation
- Robots could replace 40% of the world’s jobs within 15 to 25 years
How Will Society Function?
How is society going to function when no one is working? Are we all going to become pot farmers? Not everyone is a brainiac and can be involved in technology. There are large portions of the population that will never have the skills necessary to do them. There is a large portion of the population that lacks the intelligence as well as the skills necessary to do with these advanced jobs. They will simply never be a part of these new industries. If you take away basic jobs, you take away basic income and people that once did these jobs will be left with nothing.
We will have a society of ultra-rich technocrats. Everyone that once worked and contributed to society by doing basic jobs will be left with nothing. They don’t have the skills or intelligence to work in this new society. It will be a society run by machines with only those with the highest of intelligence being able to run the machines. As our society crumbles around us, homelessness grows, drug abuse continues, and more and more people make less and less money, we are more concerned about automating the jobs that we already have. What sort of society are we creating? I don’t see a society that is going to be that great in the future.
Are we so sure we want to see machines rise?