How did the milkmen get over losing their jobs?
Oh right they found new ones.
How did the milkmen get over losing their jobs?
Oh right they found new ones.
Oh, and by the way, those "immigrants being given our jobs" are being given to them by employers who can maximize their profits by no longer paying people, but paying slaves. You think they're sending that work out to have them be coded EFFICIENTLY?! HAH!
I knew one guy who worked at an electronic toy manufacturer... they had a whole department who's purpose was to DE-BUG and fix what their outsourced labor screws up... and they screw up a TON!
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You do know that the reason American designers are 'better' is because our training is better right? Higher education is the very thing you're arguing against.
Actually, you're both wrong (or right, if you prefer that)...
I choose wrong, because you're fixating on one or two facets of a very complex situation... Doesn't help that neither of you can back up your statements... Doesn't help that many people fit into both categories... Comparing hundreds of thousands of people in one, to hundreds of thousands in the other doesn't really offer a right and wrong answer ; )
In short, people are motivated by different things... Outside of merely money vs pleasure/innovation.
Rather interesting how a topic on technological advances making jobs obsolete shifted into a topic on motivation for money or for shits and giggles.
OT: It's rather odd to sit at a computer to talk to people all across the world and discuss the evils of technological advancements. As technology advances certain job sectors get closed up, certain ones open up, but that's far from the only effects of advancing technologies. It is quite worrying to see people afraid of the idea of technology advancing our society and world as a whole because they'll need to find a new job.
It's really just about lack of flexibility or desire to learn, as 'technology' is just whatever comes out after you're young... I always wonder if those that 'hate technology' or similar, ride their horse, bareback, to the farm they plant and harvest crops with their hands... And how it is they're even talking to me when I'm not within walking/riding distance in the first place ; )
And yes, I'm using exaggeration : )
This is not a US issue. This is a developed nations issue. First world problems.
Yes, we do need more programmers to adapt to the changing market. That has been known for years. That does not mean that everyone can just go out and learn how to program, or even operate, a computer. People have different skill sets and many people will not be able to understand it no matter how hard they try or how long they study. I made A's in every class I took except physics. Then again, hard to do well in physics when you suck at math in general. Just like how some people could not write a coherent paragraph if their life depended on it.
We need a wide array of skilled and unskilled jobs available or we will have a ton of unemployed people. That is reality.
Which one is more effective? Bots can grind 24/7.
On topic, if you happen to be a good programmer you don't necessarily need the highest of educations to make some reasonable amount of cash, because an academic person is not necessarily the best programmer.
For many other CS related work you probably will want some level of education and some certificates to stand out, especially if you don't have anything to show off (which hobbyist coders usually do).
Not for long.
With which I follow it up with...
So tell me, when we have machines that require 10 people to run and maintain it and replace 1,000 jobs, were do these displaced workers go to when there isn't any more open jobs to take?
For most of us, it isn't the advances in technology we are fearing, it is how the benefits of the technology are not benefiting us as a whole compared to how much it is benefiting the small few at the top.
If they would reduce the hours we had to work and increase our pay to make up for the increased productivity so we could all live better that would be great. But doubling your production only to fire half the work force and make the other half do it all while using the newly unemployed people dying for work as leverage to lower or stagnate the wages of the ones you do have is were we have the problem.
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The government did a study and projected that robots will begin to severely and noticeably impact the number of jobs available by 2025. They predict it will have some interesting effects.
1. Illegal immigrant workers will reverse course and flee to Mexico to find jobs, because manual labor jobs will be done by robots instead of people.
2. Unemployment will rise tremendously.
The sociopolitical factors are interesting to speculate on. I do not believe socialism can function in a world with robots. Socialism requires that the common man has value to society. The common man leverages that value for rights and benefits from the elites. The traditional social contract is that, if the elites want goods and services, if they want armies, then they need to give the common man rights and benefits.
Robots will destroy the traditional social contract. The common man will have zero value to elites. The elites can wipe out the common man and suffer no penalty, because the robots will provide everything they need. It may not happen right away, but its just a matter of time before the right combination of uncaring elites attain power to do the deed.
The only option is to ban robots from the workplace. That means the left has to become anti-science. It also means that if its not a global ban, the countries that don't ban robots will move ahead of everyone else.
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This is still trickle-down economics at work. I know the left likes to say trickle-down is a stupid, discredited notion, but its very real and still happening. To understand trickle-down economics, it essentially tells us that, in the long run, EVERYTHING becomes a commodity. The most famous example of trickle-down economics at work is the internet itself. The internet used to be the playground of elites, but eventually it trickled down to the masses. The same for cellphones.
Robots will cause many more things to trickle-down because it will make things easy to mass-produce for little cost.
We are trying to create technology that cuts jobs. That is a problem all itself, especially if that new demand does not create more jobs than the new technology destroys.
I preach trade schools to anyone thinking of going to college right now. It is a better route unless you can do well in IT related majors. However, there is only so much plumbing, wiring, and welding to do. Skilled trades like those also get affected in the recession too. Also, look at the advances in those industries. Technology is also making some service jobs redundant.
Reminds me of the second season of The Wire when the stevedores were fighting to keep their jobs. Docks that used to employ hundreds are being operated by a few people with computers. All to increase profits. If our goal is to remove human workers from the job market they have to have some other place to go or they become society's burden.
I think some people here are very out of touch with reality. Going back to school is not some magical process where you are given skills and new jobs. If it was that easy we would be doing it. We can't even get people to finish high school. And there are no magical job creators out there, only job destroyers.
The second part of the series is out now.
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Something similar goes for the trains.
And I'm sure there were some individuals who indeed complained about trains taking their jobs, one way or another. They just haven't posted that on MMO-Champion because they've been dead for a while.
Did I say there was "one other time in history where population growth was explosive and many jobs were being automated and stopped requiring human labour"?
What I said is that this kind of thing (people losing work because something appeared that did that work much better than them and for a smaller price) has been happening during the whole of the past. No, not the EXACT same thing, as your question would make it seem, but the same concept, principle. The horses and trains bit was supposed to take care of that, but oh well.
In addition to this, computerization of many trivial tasks has been foreseen decades ago. Not exactly the same way it turned out, but pretty damn close. This wasn't unexpected, no need to act like this news is a proverbial sack of bricks over our heads.
And why would it stop there? As machines get more complex, and with more capabilities, and become more adaptable and able to treat with humans, they can do the job of teachers, of PR, of customer service... of artists! Machines can phase out entepreneurs, and i would like to see a company led by a human trying to compete with a company led by a machine.
Anything a human can do, a machine will eventually be able to do. And this "eventually" is ever closer.
What will we do then?