Yesterday, I talked about the disturbing trend of guys pretty much ditching human companionship for robots and AI fantasies. But now, I switch the AI/robot revolution back to Job loss. Because it even worries world leaders. Robots Verses Human jobs: Should we be concerned?
This is a hot topic at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. So you know their concern when they title their lecture, “Putting jobs out of work”. They talk about how IT support and technology play a critical part in jobs, of lack of them. It also plays a part in the global populist revolution (Brexit, Trump, rise of nationalism). However, even people on the other side are concerned too. People on both sides of the political isle are afraid of losing not only their jobs, but their entire livelihoods to technology.
One person on the panel is Yuval Harari, an Israeli professor. He says that since the early 1800s, workers worried about machines taking their jobs. However, this time, workers may be right. Then, another panelist added by 2028, one third of Americans and German wage earners would have to find other careers. I find it funny they didn’t mention China or India, but okay. Another panelist, Arlie Hochschild, says we are facing a crisis neither political side is prepared for. Dartmouth College professor Mary Flanagan even hints that the 9-5 job as we know it could be on the endangered species list.
The most venerable jobs are cashiers, retail, and even delivery services. We see that play out. This week, Amazon opened a store with no cashiers. Also, remember the protesters demanding minimum wage increases? Well, they are are seeing robots and computers replace their jobs too. Look at how Apple and other tech companies are building driverless cars. Let’s not even talk about drones. In a few years, delivery drivers and couriers may be history. But is any occupation safe? I doubt it. Because even now, hospitals are replacing nurses with robots. In fact, not even the clergy are safe. Not only are less people going to church, but there is an app for that. With the Confession app, you can confess your sins to the computer.
I can go on and on with other examples. You probably can too. Even us in computer repair think about it. I’m jut glad the Worle Economic Forum discusses it. It gives validity to this. Where will we be by 2030? Robots verses human jobs: Who will win by 2030?
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