Saturday, March 11, 2017

Silicon Valley is expecting government to take care of unemployed as they replace millions of workers with robots

Technology, automation, and the elimination of jobs is nothing new, and has been around since the beginning of time.  However today the world is suddenly coming upon a threshold in which there are few natural horizons through which workers who lose their jobs to innovation can have something they can transition into.


Ie... when the automobile replaced the horse and buggy at the beginning of the 20th century, workers in that industry could retrain themselves to labor on the assembly lines of the new one.

But there are very few 'new industries' being created, with most of the automation being simply about replacing workers to do the same jobs that are currently available.  Drivers are being replaced by automated cars, fast food workers are being replaced with order kiosks and robot cooks, and 3-D printers are just now beginning to replace construction workers in the building of homes.

In fact, it is being estimated that by 2035, up to 75% of all current jobs could and will be replaced by robots or some other form of automation.  And without some completely new innovation that would require the use of human labor and intellect beyond what a robot could do itself, how will hundreds of millions if not billions of people sustain themselves without a viable means to earn a living?

Since Silicon Valley is one of the primary drivers behind this rush into automation, corporations like Alphabet (Google), Apple, and Tesla give little thought as to the plight of the average American, instead pushing for replacing these workers with cheaper foreign labor until robots, AI, and other technologies can eliminate them altogether.  And as a result there will one day soon be hundreds of millions of angry and restless workers with nothing to do, little purpose, and plenty of time to build up the momentum for civil unrest the likes of that no government has ever seen.

But of course the brains at these multi-national corporations have a solution to this problem... and it involves the government simply adding everyone to the welfare teat at a time when their coffers are completely insolvent.

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Silicon Valley will be watching closely. As job loss due to automation becomes more of a foregone conclusion, pressure is likely to build on the tech industry to help usher in policies that will address it. 
Elon Musk, who promised that all of Tesla's new vehicles will be capable of driving fully autonomously sometime this year, admitted recently that he thinks universal basic income will be necessary. Eliminating driving roles alone would wipe out 2 million jobs in the U.S., increasing unemployment by 6 percent. - INC
The saddest part for the average American is that most are ill prepared to do anything but accept a decline to their standard of living, and to suffer through the ultimate shame of being on the public dole for the rest of their lives.  The U.S. education system, which 40 years ago was in the top 5 in the industrialized world, is now languishing in the bottom 30 as many high school as well as college graduates can't function beyond an 8th grade level.  And as the future of jobs and entrepreneurialship moves onto the internet and away from the factory floor, few will have the skills or talents to seize upon these opportunities to try to build a life through the necessary paradigm shift which is in the creation of multiple streams of income.

For the most part, human labor has always been considered cheap and disposable, and those in power and who have reached the pinnacle of success rarely consider the plight of those who struggle to simply survive and wrest a decent living during their productive years.  And whether it is in the slaves and citizens forced to build the Egyptian pyramids or Great Wall of China, or those who were treated as criminals by the Rockefellers when they didn't work hard enough in the coal mines of Appalachia during the latter part of the 19th century, the destruction of the working class in favor of automation will only result in the destruction of a society no matter how much free money or 'basic incomes' a government deems to provide them.

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Out of curiosity are there any emerging industries on your radar that could counteract this?

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