If automation will destroy jobs, why should we allow it?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Kian Hudson



If automation will destroy jobs, why should we allow it?

Yes, we should let automation destroy jobs.

Automation in the form of steam power was the first industrial revolution. The second industrial revolution was combustion and electricity. The third were the capacities granted by computing and containerization.

The fourth is here: an autonomous cargo truck just crossed the country to deliver butter

It includes the integration of computing with mechanical capabilities and technologies of artificial intelligence and renewable energy and batteries.

200 years ago more than 70% of the population worked in grueling agricultural jobs. Now less than 5% of the population

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Yes, we should let automation destroy jobs.

Automation in the form of steam power was the first industrial revolution. The second industrial revolution was combustion and electricity. The third were the capacities granted by computing and containerization.

The fourth is here: an autonomous cargo truck just crossed the country to deliver butter

It includes the integration of computing with mechanical capabilities and technologies of artificial intelligence and renewable energy and batteries.

200 years ago more than 70% of the population worked in grueling agricultural jobs. Now less than 5% of the population does that job.

At every step, automation has replaced work (being a farmer 200 years ago was not a "job" as we understand it today). Just as there was a time before the "jobs", there will be a time after the "jobs." Just as our lives have improved in many, many ways over the past 200 years, they will continue to improve.

I think this time there is an important difference. In the past, industrial revolutions have been separated by a human generation or more. This has "allowed" the younger generation to embrace new technologies and patterns. As the fourth industrial revolution begins, it seems very clear that we are going to be in an ongoing technological revolution and that new technologies and patterns will not remain fixed. While more wealth will be created, more people can be left behind more quickly. This will need to be addressed through faster / better / more effective retraining, better social safety nets, more corporate responsibility for retraining, or by avoiding corporate rights as fictitious persons.

It absolutely destroys some jobs.

Also sometimes it just changes jobs and sometimes creates jobs.

2 key things to understand:

  1. There is absolutely no reason to expect job creation and job destruction rates to be equal to each other.
  2. When one job is replaced by another, there are generally only two possibilities. A) The new job is worse than the old one, or B) The new job requires advanced STEM education and will be assigned to someone younger.

And what this means is that we need to have better systems to help workers. The fact that the economy as a whole can continue to advance as

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It absolutely destroys some jobs.

Also sometimes it just changes jobs and sometimes creates jobs.

2 key things to understand:

  1. There is absolutely no reason to expect job creation and job destruction rates to be equal to each other.
  2. When one job is replaced by another, there are generally only two possibilities. A) The new job is worse than the old one, or B) The new job requires advanced STEM education and will be assigned to someone younger.

And what this means is that we need to have better systems to help workers. Just because the economy as a whole can keep moving forward while it discards middle-aged workers does not mean that it is right to discard them. This is a society, and those affected by technological changes that benefit society must be helped to recover.

As for "should we quit?" We can't hope to stop it. What we should do instead is think about how we can use the skills of workers to help society in some other way. An example? There is no good reason for us to have unemployed and underemployed workers and we ALSO have an infrastructure in shambles. There is work that needs to be done, we should steer workers towards it more systematically.

Wow! A 21st century servant (Serfdom - Wikipedia) who believes that he / she is legally bound to a job and work to him / her. Or perhaps a modern Luddite: Wikipedia?

Automation has been destroying jobs for more than two centuries and there are many more jobs than ever. This is not contradictory.

Automation improves productivity, which creates more wealth, which means that the economy will support more types of goods and services, which means more jobs.

No, I don't know what the new jobs will be (or would I be investing in that right now). But centuries of history show that there will be new jobs.

Without

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Wow! A 21st century servant (Serfdom - Wikipedia) who believes that he / she is legally bound to a job and work to him / her. Or perhaps a modern Luddite: Wikipedia?

Automation has been destroying jobs for more than two centuries and there are many more jobs than ever. This is not contradictory.

Automation improves productivity, which creates more wealth, which means that the economy will support more types of goods and services, which means more jobs.

No, I don't know what the new jobs will be (or would I be investing in that right now). But centuries of history show that there will be new jobs.

Without automation, 90% of humanity would have to be farmers, just to feed everyone.

That doesn't sound so good, does it?

A2A: "If automation will destroy jobs, why should we give it up?"

Automation will NOT destroy jobs.
The jobs are still there, they are just being done through automation.

We should free humans from monotonous work because doing otherwise is a severe waste of human potential.
What if we had linked Albert Einstein with cleaning the bathrooms at McBurgers or filling boxes for Amazon?

We should probably do what corporations don't want us to do.
They have no heart and have long been ordering their politicians to push for terrible things that steal and poison people and the planet.

How can you stop it?

First, the people who say that we will still have so many jobs are wrong. There will be new jobs, but only about one for every 50 people who lose their jobs, according to some estimates.

And all the new jobs are highly rated. Most require education. That will leave millions of people unemployed.

But again, how can you stop it? Each individual company will consider the cost savings of hiring an expert and buying a bunch of machines to replace 50 workers, and of course they will if they can. And then when that business is automated, your

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How can you stop it?

First, the people who say that we will still have so many jobs are wrong. There will be new jobs, but only about one for every 50 people who lose their jobs, according to some estimates.

And all the new jobs are highly rated. Most require education. That will leave millions of people unemployed.

But again, how can you stop it? Each individual company will consider the cost savings of hiring an expert and buying a bunch of machines to replace 50 workers, and of course they will if they can. And then when that business is automated, your competitors will have to do it or they won't be able to compete. Before you know it, everything is automated.

What exactly will you legislate to prevent this process?

Oh Pshaw! People have been complaining about it since the first automated weaving looms in France in the 18th century. That was the first big time when automation replaced many jobs and created some new ones, namely fabric pattern programs for the new Jacquard looms.

Therefore, the waves of jobs that will be lost due to automation and autonomous vehicles will be replaced by some new types of jobs that we have not yet foreseen. But not enough to replace the number of lost jobs.

If automation will destroy jobs, why should we allow it?

Technological progress is about trying to do things better, cheaper, more efficient, and ultimately making a profit from doing so.

It also creates new industries that employ thousands of new workers.

Here's a perfect example of how computer motherboards are made by pick and drop machines on the line up to nail bed tests that will be impossible to do by hand, and just look at the machinery required and the number of people. employed to make that happen.

Need to read about the "Luddite Fallacy", follow the link to an article from 2017.

The Luddite Fallacy

The Luddite fallacy is the simple observation that new technology does not lead to higher overall unemployment in the economy. New technology does not destroy jobs, it only changes the composition of jobs in the economy.

Automation will not destroy jobs, their position is wrong.

Automation will destroy jobs and create more jobs, however the new jobs will be basic service jobs or highly skilled (decent) jobs. The challenge is keeping up with the technological knowledge in the workforce. If we don't keep up, decent jobs will disappear because we can't stop progress around the world. I'm afraid our government is trying to stop world progress now with hoaxes in trade policy and monetary hegemony, but that won't work. Only a serious effort in STEM education will make our workforce competitive and maintain America's relevance.

Who is this <we> who has the right, the power and the duty to allow or reject automation?

Automation occurs because it is smart to automate what can be automated. This crowds out the unintelligent. There is nothing to save the unintelligent. If a clever man rides a donkey, the unintelligent donkey has no recourse to stop letting the clever man ride on his back.

Because we only need to adapt to the new situation by creating a UBI (universal basic income) and activating people by preventing them from getting bored, depressed and inept.

We need robots as they do not have mental illness, they are not psychotic, sociopathic or narcissistic, they can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they do not lose focus or concentration, so theoretically they will be MUCH better.

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