The Washington Post has the article Watch out college professors, the robots are coming for your jobs.
The current thinking about the automation of the workplace is that the jobs that require the most creativity will be those that are safest from the robot overlords when they come for our jobs. That might be true, but the erudite university professor with the rumpled corduroy jacket and scholarly spectacles might soon be headed for extinction as well.
While the article concentrates on Professors, this video that is featured takes a broader view.
All the years I was working (since 1968) I have been telling my peers, “Don’t look down upon those whose jobs are being replaced by automation and outsourcing. This can and will happen to you some day.” Over the next 40 or so years, I watched as my prediction slowly came true.
Wait till the CEOs of major corporations find out that their jobs can be outsourced too. Won’t that be a laugh?
This insight into where the future may be heading is also one of my focuses in this blog. This is why I have been trying to get people to imagine a time when the robots can produce everything that human societies need. How will the wealth of such a society be distributed?
It may be a long time, if ever, before we reach that extreme. Thinking about that extreme will help us to figure out what to do as we continue on the slope of progress up to that extreme. We are already seeing the problems starting to arise. It is way beyond too early to worry about it.
You might also start to wonder what Presidential candidate understands the need to address these issues. I’d put Bernie Sanders at the top of the list. I would put Elizabeth Warren further down the list, but still perhaps close to the top. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, not so much. Barack Obama seems to believe that increased education alone is enough to solve the problem. Bernie Sanders knows and states that concentrating wealth in the hands of the few is a major roadblock to a bright future for humankind.
Many thanks to Randy Howard Katz for his Facebook post of this article.
I just love the quote by Scott Santense from my previous post What If Everybody Didn’t Have to Work to Get Paid?
If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life. If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”
That post as well is thanks to Randy Katz.