Is Your Job Safe From Automation and Robot Takeover?
-By Paul A Philips
There are increasing media reports published from time to time on the disturbing subject of rising job loss through automation and robot takeover.
Take for instance the recent announcement made by McDonald’s. The food giant plans to install some 2,500 electronic kiosks for self-service ordering in the near future. Then there are plans to install another 3,000 of these kiosks and a mobile ordering system which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 in 14,000 establishments across the USA. -That’s bad news for the human workforce affected. As a consequence, it will make many workers permanently redundant.
Not just with McDonalds this is happening in food industry establishments in general. Also, there are many other industries replacing their human workforce with automation and robots across different job sectors.
Low skilled workers are not the only ones affected. Electronics, machinery automation and robots also threaten to make many skilled workers’ jobs redundant. Looking further ahead in time, Oxford University has led researchers to estimate job losses through automation and robot takeover to be in the region of 47% of the U.S. workforce in the next 20 years.
Here are just some of the many Jobs under threat:
1. Construction industry workers
Manual work in the construction industry is under threat. Recent developments in automation have, for example, included robot brick layers that could soon be found on building construction sites everywhere. These robotic brick layers are capable of doing 2, 3 or even 4 times the work of humans.
Here is a video demonstrating the handiwork of S.A.M (Semi-Automated Mason) the bricklayer.
2. Retail jobs
One disturbing report estimated that there could be 7 million job losses in retail over the next few years in the U.S.A. -Factor this in with the continuing loss of retail outlets due to online shopping. Then there are the millions in job losses due to globalist outsourcing over the last roughly 20 years…
Robot arms by Nachi Robotic Systems work on the body of a car at the
International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo
3. Manufacturing industry
What will the future of factory-based manufacturing look like? Will, for example, the car manufacturing industry be a factory practically devoid of humans, run by robot automation to provide the resources, manufacturing and transport?
At the moment the robots are far from perfect, not having the necessary capabilities to totally replace humans. However, there is an increasing trend across the Western-World, showing increasing human workforce jobs loss due to better developed robot automation.
4. Doctors replaced by robots
Some might say that the idea of robots becoming doctors is good. That’s because there is a world shortage and desperate need for more. DESA’s (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) projection of increasing world population justifies the need for more doctors. DESA states that the current world population will go from 7.3 billion to roughly 9.7 billion in the year 2050 and then 11.2 billion by 2100: The demand for doctors will increase accordingly. Will the programmers be able to make a humane ‘warm and fuzzy’ algorithm robot doctor during accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment and consultation..? -well, who exactly knows.
5. Taxi drivers
Sure, taxi drivers are already feeling the affect of Lyft and Uber drivers. However, all 3 driver types will soon be hit by redundancy when self-driving vehicles take to the road. In around 10 years it is expected that cities worldwide will be teaming with convoys of self-driving taxis. As a start, Singapore is currently involved in testing Uber self-driving vehicles.
(Will passengers in these self-driving cars ever realize that they will be bathing in multiple wireless radiation clouds such as that produced by 5G technology? Many will be highly vulnerable to ill-heath. And what about it as a surveillance system where tyrannical authorities could take over the control of the car..? - I digress).
The other side of the story
No doubt there are those, particularly the major shareholders of the corporations involved, who will see the automation and robot takeover outsourcing as nothing more than ‘progress’ with its innovative paradigms: If you are to be affected by redundancy, then these people won’t really care about you. Ultimately, you will be regarded as nothing more than a stat in a shareholders’ power point presentation...
The shareholders realize that productivity will be improved and not hindered by employee costs: Business operations will be more efficient and without humans wanting pay increases, taking holidays, sick days, bathrooms and refreshment breaks, turning up late… Then there are those employees having bad attitudes to get rid of… but what about the other side of the story?
Are you already one of those employees affected by automation and robot takeover? Or do you anticipate becoming one?
Besides increasing poverty, it has been reported that 25% of Americans have no savings. Not having a ‘robot takeover resistant’ job, becoming unemployable, these people could end up helpless. Will the millions in job loss lead to much civil unrest..? Will this greatly contribute to what David Icke describes as the ‘Hunger Games Society?’
-Now, here’s something to consider. If all these people lose their jobs to robot takeover, who’s going to buy the goods made by the robots?
Which jobs are safe?
To say which jobs are completely safe from automation and robot takeover is a difficult one. Who knows exactly what this technology is capable of in the future? However, lists of the jobs least likely to be affected have been made. As expected, they include those jobs related to robotics, computer programming and automation. Then there are the practical skills; particularly those related to a collapse situation, such as a handyperson, gardening and farming, expertise in firearms, alternative energy… For more on what skill sets could survive go here.
Above all, adaptability is the key. It’s no good holding on to the ‘good ole’ days’ narrative. At least we know what’s coming down and that gives us a chance to put things into perspective and try in some ways to adapt.