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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 03:49 PM

The solution is education. The people losing their jobs are typically those with less education.

The title of this thread was “Skilled” people losing their jobs. I still contend that it s not the skilled that are losing their jobs, but rather the unskilled.
From what I hear from sales reps, is that most shops in our area are hiring, but there s a serious lack of skilled labor.
As long as the economy is doing well, custom shops will continue to need more and more employees.
It s the “factory” type shops that replacing people with machines, and mostly unskilled labor. Places that make thousands of the same things, day in and day out.

- Ger21

Education will help delay. But no one will escape this. Some jobs will be threatened first. But all jobs will eventually be doable by machines. And this is several decades away. Not science fiction, hundreds of years from now.

Also, skilled is a somewhat subjective term, or at least relative. But in the end, it’s not going to be that helpful to be the last guy who loses his job to a machine. We are already seeing the economic effects. As larger segments of the population have no work, it will affect all of us more and more.

I don’t know what the solution is, trying to stop the development of automation seems impractical. I suspect things will have to get very bad before we make the necessary changes. The only solution I’ve heard about, is a system where everyone gets money from the government, the businesses who get this money for their products get heavily taxed. There a small scale project in Finland trying this out to a partial degree.

My own guess is that the machine, and yes I think it will be one large distributed computer, will determine what happens. I also expect it will allow us to think we are still in control. In effect, I think we may be in the process of creating our own god in the sense of creating something that is virtually all knowing and all powerful as far as humankind is concerned.

I’m hopeful about the long term future, but I think things may get very bad before they get better. Hopefully we can navigate our way through this. But until it accepted that this is the problem, that’s not going to happen. We’re not there yet, understandably people tend to focus on near term issues, but this problem isn’t going away.

-- Clin

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