Sunday, January 14, 2018

Machines are not linked to Future Mass Unemployment

I never really sat back and took the time to think about what this world would become if all of the machines were able to take over in the factories or skilled labor world as a whole. To me it actually does not seem like it would be a possibility because people would protest and or maybe they would work on the machines to keep them in good standing.

 I know that whatever comes about people will always find a way to adapt, but in case you had any doubts.  Read below for more interesting knowledge.

Andrew Charlton wrote a blog post called Future work: why machines won't generate mass unemployment

I read it and here are parts from his actual post that I would like to share with you on this topic.

AlphaBeta's research,The Automation Advantage, commissioned by Google, gives a comprehensive picture of the impact of automation on Australian workers by digging below the job level and analysing how technology is affecting the time that we spend on more than 2000 work tasks within our jobs.
The results provide remarkable insights into how technology is changing the way we work.

For example, retail workers are spending less time ringing up items at the register and more time helping customers; bank employees are spending less time counting banknotes and more time giving financial advice; teachers are spending less time recording test scores and more time assisting students; factory workers are spending less time on the assembly line and more time optimising production and training other workers.

Over the past 25 years, nearly one in 10 unskilled workers lost their jobs and did not return to the labour force. Today, more than one in four unskilled workers don't participate. Big economic shifts are not costless for everyone.
More than changing what jobs we do, automation is changing the way we do our jobs.
Photo credited to AFR site and Andrew Charlton 

We need strong education, training and employment policies to prevent vulnerable workers from sliding into joblessness. Targeted programs must help those who do lose their job to machines to find new, and better, work.

Automation isn't a force we can stop. There is no doubt that over the long-term, automation technologies will be the primary engine of prosperity, lifting wages, living standards and work conditions. But in the short-term these same technologies present risks that must be managed to ensure that all Australians benefit and the gains are fairly shared.

I encourage you to read the full story again written by Andrew Charlton if you would like to know the whole article and fill in the rest of his thoughts on this subject.


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