Will technology one day replace us in the workforce?

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  • Marc Palumbo

    An unfortunate side effect of technological evolution. These things tend to iron themselves out as seen in the past. They’ll just need to find something else to do. It’s a rough patch, but people will move on.

    • Captain Henry Morgan

      Yeah..I’ll probably pursue a career in Hollywood and make a sequel movie of I, robot 2.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Except make it better and not have Will Smith

  • ambleThought

    Technology was promised to lower prices, shorten work weeks and allow us to spend more time with family. The complete opposite has taken place. We live in a Walmart, fast food 50+ work hour week when most of transactions involve technology but prices have not lowered even though humans no longer perform the work. Sales, accounting and inventory control are some examples. Companies instead keep that as profit, lower employee benefits and ship manufacturing to other countries to avoid unionized employees. Are we really better off pushing further into this uncertain future driven by Government and corporate profits? We need tech to some degree but misplacing whole workforces in the name of ‘progress’ needs to be examined. imo

  • shoresx

    Where I work is making a big push for automation in virtually every section of the business. Besides robotics advanced software is replacing the human worker when it comes to handling data and emails

  • JD

    I’d be ok with technology being our overlords and herding around like cattle. As long as it’s ALL OF US including the 1%. We’ve had our chance we’ve made a mess of it all.
    All Hail our robot overlords
    /s

  • Longtin

    It’s creating more opportunity if anything. Time consuming labour can finally be automated, so that we can focus on real problems. I’m not saying that all of it is good, however we will need mechanics / IT to fix those machines and AIs. Especially when it comes to complex machine learning systems. I personally also believe it’s creating more entrepreneurs and people are finally earning a living doing something they love while actually contributing to society.

    I’m loving this new age.

    • Omar

      The people losing jobs over this technology probably won’t be the ones fixing them. It creates more opportunity for the CEOs of the companies that could afford to go full robot, and may lower the prices for consumers, but at the cost of potentially hundreds of thousands of jobs.

      I’m a cashier at Safeway. If they wanted, they could close down the tills, replace them with self-checkout machines, and fire me. Well, they can’t because of our union but that’s a hypothetical situation for any national/multinational corporation. That’s not creating any opportunities for me.

    • Pigs Can Fly

      Walmart, IKEA and other super stores already has those digital self serve cashier kiosks and I don’t use them since I prefer to give a cashier a job.

    • Longtin

      Do you enjoy being a cashier? Why not monetize something your interested in.

    • Omar

      It’s paying for my university degree, and yes, considering I get paid over $20/hour after putting five years of my life into it, I would say I enjoy it for the most part.
      The job market in Canada is tough as is with the way the economy is, not everybody has the opportunity to “monetize something that interests them.”

    • Longtin

      You already have the tools necessary to earn more than your cashier job, online. Instead of looking at the obstacles look at the opportunities around you. Maybe you need to spend some time learning for free on the internet. Your university degree won’t mean anything besides that you can follow rules.

  • Omar

    No hourly wages, no breaks, no holidays, no complaints, no injuries, no benefits, no unions… It’s like a CEO’s wet dream.

    • Longtin

      Increase your skills and knowledge in something you enjoy doing and you won’t have to worry about finances. Embrace change and yes that means learn a little bit about technology and embrace it. There’s thousands of jobs loss but 100,000 + opportunities.

    • Omar

      This is a borderline elitist point of view. Many people who are doing the jobs that will be replaced by robots/technology don’t have the opportunities to learn something new when they’ve been doing it for so long. Not everybody can afford to go back to school in their 30s.

    • Longtin

      School is fortunately not the only way to learn. You need to learn to manage your time and prioritize your life. You can learn a lot more from others that are going through the same transition period as you are. Life experience will beat a degree. Not to mention it’s almost always better to just buy a $5-$20 book on the topic your interested in studying and learning from the best.

  • Pigs Can Fly

    It’s already trending in that direction, I hope it won’t take over 100% because our population grows and as will unemployment.

  • Captain Henry Morgan

    Rogers should replaced its customer service with Robots. I am sure the quality of service will definitely go up 10 folds!

    • Smanny

      Not only Rogers, but Bell, and Telus as well.

  • Brad Fortin

    The CGP Grey video “Humans Need Not Apply” sums this up pretty well. Technology is already replacing humans in a lot of jobs, and that trend will continue until there are barely any jobs where humans can still apply, which we’re completely unprepared for and which we’ll have to address fairly soon.

    • w00

      That’s is a terrific (and somewhat terrifying) video and I don’t think enough of my colleagues in IT realize it’s coming for them too.

      Also, CGP Grey and Brady Harron from Numberphile, etc., have a podcast called “Hello Internet” that’s worth checking out.

    • Brad Fortin

      Oh, are you also a Tim?

    • w00

      I don’t understand the question.

  • therockster

    Bots are here to stay. Whether chat bots, service bots or mechanical bots in WalMart as a cashier or assembly line.

  • Benjamin Lehto

    So, more people put out of work who won’t be retraining most likely. Not everyone is a tech savvy individual. These people now are out of work with no future. There are more of these people than the technically minded folks who can find employment in this brave new world.

    Robots are brought in to save Corporations tons of money. People not working don’t have money to buy the stuff that these robots are producing.

    Isn’t this a catch 22 or something like that?

    We’re talking 20-30 years from now but it is coming. Who’s going to buy goods if most of the population is put out of work. And as that “Humans need not apply” video shows, it’s not just the serf jobs in danger.

  • GottaLoveCapitalism

    Oxford University concluded that by 2025, 40% of existing professions will be automated. It’s not ‘will technology replace us’, its ‘when will this happen?’.

  • beyond

    Someday we will all live as kings as our robot slaves work for us.

  • disqusmy

    People are going to do more live events or post when there is nothing to do.

  • disqusmy

    It could be that we will have robot in future to work for everyone. And government will give everyone a robot that can do everything. So basically no need to work. 😀