First They Came For My Dirty Floor And I Said Nothing…

Submitted by: lalapancakes 11 months ago in News & Politics

robotoverlord

So this is an old story but a new story, but an old story. The U.S. lost nearly a million jobs to NAFTA and the third world country "super friends" beginning in the 90s. Then uh… 2001 and that shit happened. And then more jobs went overseas. Call centers, more manufacturers, tech jobs… you know, the American economy - no big deal. But now our oldest and dearest job killing friend has come back to finish us off. Automation.

Maybe the Switzerland's basic income experiment will favor us because if not then the road ahead is going to be paved in what I can only assume will be exactly like "Mad Max" meets the "Terminator" meets "28 Days Later" meets none of the Hollywood glamor...

Marketwatch: "Nov 2015 - Eighty million U.S. jobs are at risk from automation, a central bank official said Thursday.

Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane, speaking at the Trades Union Congress in London, said 80 million U.S. and 15 million U.K. jobs are in danger of being taken over by robots."

There are 6 comments:
Male 1,445
While automation does take away jobs, it doesn't take all of them, though. There have to be people to maintain the robots, program the robots, take care of the things the robot still isn't able to do, etc. Automation does reduce the number of human workers, but it by no means eliminates them entirely.
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Male 5,432
Just give Ai a few years, soon they will be able to program others and augment their own software. Self maintaining bots are already a reality. Many bots can now do simple repairs and recharge themselves
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Male 1,445
Absolutely, the possibility exists. I'm not trying to say that there is no link between automation and job loss, just that its not quite as bad as some make it out to be. As you said, yet.
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Male 5,432
As Walter Konig said in Moon Trap "We Don't Take Shit from a Machine!"
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Male 39,271
Don't remind me. I lost my job to illegal aliens. I picked myself up, started again.... and lost that job to fricking illegal mexicans, too! Don't believe it when the politicians say "they take jobs americans don't want".  Bull shit. They're carpenters, plumbers, painters, roofers, bricklayers, etc. ....  Good for them but they take jobs from americans, and don't be fooled that they don't.  Let me at #FuckNAFTA
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Male 1,253
Just wait for the Mexican robots.
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