A few short thoughts on the effects of technology on the average person’s job prospects in the next decade
Only the wealthiest will be able to afford to have humans wait on them, talk to them, sell them things, etc. The age of robotics will be lonely, sterile, metals and plastic. Your best friends will be a bot,a faceless,souless, voice in a box.
In the future where robots and machines do everything, human contact will be very expensive. It will become a kind of commodity.
This isn’t that far off in the future. The big shopping malls are starting to shut down. The big department stores are closing. You don’t have to go to RadioShack to get parts anymore. Amazon has everything. And they just bought a grocery store chain. So, even your food will be purchased without ever having to go anywhere
The problem will be jobs. The best jobs will be in programming, engineering, repair and upkeep of the machines. But, in the States, most people work in some sort of service industry. Where will they go? How will they be able to fit into a society that only needs skilled workers, for very few jobs
We’re in for a real rough ride, I suspect. Hopefully, in the end, the rise of the robots will lead to a new, more creative, human. But, in the meantime, those caught in the middle of the transition will feel very isolated … lost. Many will be left behind. And they will be. It’s inevitable.
The question is,
Is anyone preparing the way to make this a smooth transition? There’s talk of what will happen. But, there’s absolutely no one really talking about changing the education sytem’s ciriculum to get the next few generations ready for this. Do we even know what “this” is? The machines will be faster, smarter, more efficient.
But this is the worrisome part, the human cost (perhaps) …..What will the new unskilled labor force be doing? Is there going to be any need at all for them? It sure doesn’t look that way. It looks like your either going to have to have a skill, or multiple technical skills. Or you’re going to have to have a talent of some kind, which would also involve skill.
Entertainment will still thrive. What forms it morphs into will be interesting.
I wonder what the pushback will look like. I envision places popping up that” offer a human experience” It would look like today, in a sense.
You can go to the store and peruse the latest styles in clothing, “like they did back in the 20th century” . You’ll have a waiter. It won’t be the slacker House of Pancakes variety either. They’ll have to have degrees in human interaction, psychology. Everything will be designed to keep technology far in the background. You’ll be able to “escape” to a world that still has that “human touch”
“Human Touch” might become the ultimate buzzword for luxury and comfort. The rest of us will have to put our paper money into a box and it will drop a sandwich, or a bowl of chili. The recipes will be programmed in. It’ll never be wrong. Every thing in the future will be nauseatingly perfect.
Our clothes will be delivered, after having been ordered online, by a robot. If the pants don’t fit, you’ll have to convince a robot of this fact.
A robot will come get your return and instantly exchange them for the right ones. But, it’s technology. So, they aren’t right either. After several tries, a box with two pairs of little girls stretchy pants, a pair that, in your mind, no one could possibly fit in, youll finally give up and wear the il-fitting pants and curse the f**king robots
More to come…