Friday, September 11, 2015

Automation: Mid- Level Workers Most Threatened?

Over at The Daily Sheeple, a writer shares my view of artificial intelligence and automation taking over more and more jobs. He differs a bit in believing lower level jobs might actually be safer from from automation than mid and higher level jobs. His reasoning seeming to be lower level jobs are more affordable to employers.

He doesn't seem to consider pressures on low level (minimum wage) jobs now. In this country the so called "living wage" being one that might make those jobs less affordable (at least in the short run). We're already seeing automation developed to replace those workers. Also, when you consider employers are more and more being forced to essentially adopt workers- providing health care and whatever else- when they're hired, it makes a live employee much less desirable.

Perhaps I'm nitpicking. He and I both agree the future holds some interesting challenges to most people's jobs.


At 7:32 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Go to Chase bank they have already replaced tellers with an ATM type of teller. And there not even the bottom of the low wage jobs.

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just sent a big percentage of our jobs over to COMMUNIST China in order to increase profits. Barely a complaint or eyebrows raised.

We design robots to make things more efficient and raise profits. Only then do people complain?

We spent the much of the last 100 years trying to contain Communism. Our parents and grandparents fought wars over it.

Face it, people aren't concerned about jobs or wages. They are concerned about profits to the elite. They don't care if it's kids in China or robots in Mexico producing goods. They just want high profits. That's the bottom line.

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best way to save jobs and keep people employed is to conduct business with people rather than machines. One may have to structure your time around when businesses are open, but we somehow managed to do that before computers took over the workplace. If upper bank management sees longer lines at teller windows then they would be hard pressed to eliminate these positions. Similarly, if grocery store managers see that few people use self check out they would hire more clerks.


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