Middle Class Workers Are Already Losing Their Jobs To Robots

TN Note: This is a must-read article. There is no consumer demand for robots that will replace their very jobs, and yet the scientists and engineers who pursue this technology have no concern for what humans think or want. If they can build it, they will – just because it’s ‘science’ and ‘progress’. Technocracy was defined in 1938 by Technocrats as the ‘science of social engineering’. Robotics and AI are a logical extension of such social engineering. So, how does it feel to you now that it’s gaining traction in society?

It’s a headline that is all too familiar these days. As the world of automation grows and workers are being replaced by robots in factories, farming, and even food service – the concern of what to do with this displaced workforce is becoming a leading topic among economists as well as world and business leaders.

Many of these very learned men and women were among those talking about just that, this past week in Beverly Hills, California at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. This elite think tank invites some of the most well respected and most powerful people to gather together for four days to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This year’s theme was “The Future of Human Kind.” It was fitting that a lot of the conversations steered towards robots, automation, artificial intelligence, and the growing role it is playing in the world of industry and the office.

Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, was on hand to share his doom and gloom predictions of the not so distant future of when not robots, but algorithms and technology advance to a point that there is no need for the average, middle class worker.

Think about data processing, machines essentially do it for us already. Accounting? Nursing? We have systems programming, MIS departments, teams of people who watch over the machines now, for sure – but how much longer until they run themselves? Deep learning and artificial intelligence  is breaking new grounds everyday. In fact, you could say some of the brightest minds are now working towards creating a future in which robots run everything for us.

And companies are okay with this. In fact, they want it.

Lyft announced that they have partnered with GM to create a fleet of self driving cars as early as 2017. After the recession hit, and people flocked to gig-based ways to earn extra income, one of the more popular routes was becoming drivers for services such as Lyft and Uber. Now those very companies are looking for ways to automate the process and remove the drive all together. Now the fares collected will go directly into the company’s pockets.

Even the government is worried about the future of robots and our economy. Earlier this year, the Economic Report of the President was published, which includes a very dire prediction: there is an 83% chance that workers who earn $20 an hour or less could have their jobs replaced by robots in the future. Those in the $40 an hour pay range face a 31% chance of having their jobs taken over by the machines.

It’s a grim outlook for lower and middle class citizens.

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doug
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What has ATM’s done to bank tellers ??

Mimi
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Now is the time for all of us “HUMANS” to think of ways to survive and live after robots are doing everything that “we used to do”. With nobody getting paid anymore, companies are going to have to either shut their doors or send their “goods” to the space stations and Space Wal Mart, Space Burger King and Space Rental Centers Central. Whoopee! We’re all going to be free of the alarm clock and being expected to work for companies which do not really care about us anyway. Thanks, companies and good luck with reaping those profits…without people’s money going… Read more »
imafridguitar
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The point of having robots doing the work is to lower costs. So supposedly; cost of living will go down and humans will have a lot of spare time. What to do with all this time? I think the age of entertainment where humans (real ones) will be studying to become all types of entertainers and top notch. Love givers (hugs & such) listeners, empaths, real musicians, theater, the list goes on. All these will become immensely important as careers. Humans will need these types of interaction because there will be robots & machines glut everywhere and permeating through every… Read more »
Martine
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What is going to happen is this: humans will be put to work for the government, whatever “government” means. We have the very beginnings of it already, in Scandinavia for example, where a minimum monthly wage is being distributed to all citizens. . The government will of course want Fair value in exchange, meaning either we are going to become drones serving the government and big business and the elites, or we will be eliminated. To think that the governments and businesses of the world are going to let “us” sit around, playing computer games or developing artistic skills is… Read more »
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