Friday, December 05, 2014

Automation Taking Over

I had no idea we already had self order restaurants. This economist reports on going to a Hardee's where you get a 10% discount for ordering your meal through a terminal- basically typing in your own order instead of a worker at the counter doing it for you.

I wish the writer had expanded on his observations, but he envisions a future much as I do:

"...over the coming decade, I think we are going to see a growing mass of unemployed and unemployable young people, who quite literally lack the skills to support themselves. If and when the economy crashes again, and especially if the federal government can’t or won’t continue with traditional welfare programs, things are going to get really ugly."

The taking over of jobs by technology and artificial intelligence seems to be happening faster than I'd expected. As I've written here previously, I see this causing a lot of conflict in the years ahead. As time goes on, it's not only going to involve young people.


At 8:21 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

There was an article somewhere yesterday about Panera bakeries installing checkout kiosks so you don't have to wait for a cashier. I like it.

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do not patronize such places, and if you do go to the counter staffed with a person. Opting for the self-service line plays right into the hand of management who are always seeking ways to reduce the labor expenses.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

You cannot create employment by artificial measures, no pemanently . Laboring people deserve the digity of actually performing a function. This sounds like the Irish buses that always carry a extra driver because of union rules.


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