Technologies make jobs disappear

robots instead of humans


When the cost of a robot is $25,000, and it can work 24 hours a day, doesn’t need electricity, doesn’t need maternity leave or a pay increase, it becomes good business to replace people with robots. And that’s what’s happening. As Foxconn CEO recently said, «controlling one million workers is a pain in the arse» and his company is in the process of purchasing robots to replace human beings. Jeff Bezos of Amazon has publicly announced that his company will be buying drones in order to replace postal and delivery services.

Life means progress and Progress means technology. That’s evident.

We have robots which are capable of operating on the human eye (and other organs as well). We have computer programs to replace accountants. Accountants are just an advanced form of calculation. There is no reason why information from a retail store shouldn’t immediately be electronically transmitted to a computer, together with information received from purchases, to prepare a balance sheet.

Teachers and professors will disappear as videos and game software begin to educate on the internet. Exams will be written on the web. Anyone will be able to learn any new skill on the web, and if necessary, take exams at a different geographical location.

If you look at the photo of the Tesla factory, you will see that Tesla cars are made entirely by robots. Where once machine makers, assembly line workers, etc. were the norm, now car manufacturers have lines of robots working 24/7 365 days a year to produce cars.

Technologies are galloping in almost every field. You name it and we either already have it or will soon have it.

That’s why I’m sure we will soon be totally surrounded by technologies.

But there is the idea that sales jobs, or any job that requires human interaction, will not be replaced because people need to interact with each other. While doctors, for example, may well disappear as robots xray, scan, test blood, etc. to reach more accurate diagnoses than a doctor was ever able to, the role of nurses and caring staff may not be at such high risk. After all, human beings need companionship.

The view that only low status jobs will be replaced, this is not true. Artificial intelligence has become so advanced that a robot can write a novel and the executives of a publishing company cannot determine whether it was written by a human or a robot.

In China, waitresses and waiters have been replaced by robots. The robot approaches the diner, and the diner tells the robot what s/he wants to eat. The robot takes the order, gives it to kitchen, and then comes back with the order. The robot is made attractive to look at by looking more human.

The trend is that half the world’s jobs will disappear within the next five to ten years, even more jobs will be lost in the years following.  Rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them. That will result in many people being without an income which, in turn, means being without food and shelter.

So if it is going to be THAT BAD, then I’m sure best brains in different countries will invent something contrary to the trend.