We’re in the middle of a revolution that could prove as disruptive as the Industrial Revolution. What does work look like in a world of automation?
Recently on “Saturday Night Live,” John Mulaney observed that we spend an awful lot of our time these days proving to robots that we aren’t robots. This brave new world is not just online. Grocery shopping in the last five years makes many of us wish for the good old days with real, live human cashiers.
For many employers, of course, the advantages of machines over human employees is obvious. Former fast-food executive Andrew Puzder explains why: Machines are “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case.”
To employers, automated employees may be a dream. But to employees that are being replaced, it’s a nightmare.
Writing at Market Watch, Elizabeth Beyer reports that up to a third of able-bodied American men between the ages of 25 and 54 could be unemployed within thirty years. A recent Gallup poll indicates that around 37 percent of millennials are at a high risk of losing their jobs to computers or machines.
Certain groups will be hit even harder. Darrell West, vice-president of the Brookings Institution, predicts that technology and artificial intelligence could leave up to half of young African American men without jobs by 2050.
These numbers represent real people who will suffer real hardship when they’re displaced by technological surrogates. They not only face the struggle to feed their families; they face the struggle to adjust and to retrain in order to find employment. Few things are more mentally distressing or humiliating than losing your job, especially if it’s to a piece of impersonal equipment.
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Source: Christian Post