Globally, there’s been a concerted effort to use robots in place of human labor in far too many industries to list. Though automation has replaced workers throughout history, the scale it’s been happening at has never been this massive. There seems to be no end to what robots and automation can do. Ultimately, this means more robots in the workforce and less people.
Just a few questions we think are worth asking: What happens to all the people displaced by automation? What happens to societies that don’t have plans for large numbers of displaced workers? We don’t know the answers to those questions, but we think they’re worth thinking about.
The issues accompanying the replacement of human labor with nonhuman will only get larger and more complex as technology continues to evolve. We thought an overview of the subject was in order, before it’s too late. Things are moving so fast, a robot may soon replace the writers of this site. Bleep blorp indeed.
The breezy three minute plus clip we chose for this week’s column takes a ‘just the facts’ approach. The video looks at several occupations/jobs currently affected by robot replacement, and several others jobs that will soon be impacted. Is your job on their list? Can it be? Will it be? Watch the clip and you may get some answers.