So we all look to the future as a brighter place, right! Somewhere with better living standards and more unique perks and better heath brought on by technology and the wisdom of those smarter than most of us, right! But as we watch the future unfold what comes with those changes? What do we loose? This piece in this mornings Trib. caught my eye:
The American economy sits on the verge of major structural change, thanks to a dynamic culture of innovation driven by the never-ending search for greater profits. This means technology takes center stage in nearly every industry. The technology that makes our lives easier may soon make some jobs scarce. In 1950, the job of elevator operator was among the 270 careers listed on the United States Census. That job title is now extinct, representing the only known case of an entire occupation being obliterated by automation in the 50 years that followed. The next half-century may be less forgiving. Sophisticated software, robotics, automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and changing trends are threatening the livelihoods of everyone from taxi drivers and restaurant servers to computer programmers and librarians. Many economists predict that automation, not outsourcing, will lead to the loss of more than 1.5 million jobs in America’s manufacturing sector. These technical innovations will soon render many longstanding skills and trades obsolete—and the occupational grim reaper will discriminate according to class. Many of the jobs most likely to disappear are among the last well-paying jobs one can get with only a high school diploma. Low-paying, unskilled jobs with low educational entry barriers are most susceptible to automation. These are the jobs that robots will do. Manufacturing will require greater technical skills to operate and program computers. The actual manual work will go the way of the dodo. Those who lose their jobs will largely be shut out of the high-paying, highly skilled jobs that remain, many of which will go to specialists tasked with tending to and improving upon the very machines and programs that replaced the human workers. Here’s a look at some of the high-risk careers that will probably wilt over the next 50 years. Visit thestacker.com for similar lists and stories.
The Daily Star recently predicted that giant leaps in artificial intelligence will lead to robots and computers muscling European soccer referees out of their jobs by 2030.
When buying flowers, consumers are now much more likely to turn to a website or their local grocery store instead of their local florist.
According to the Guardian, few jobs are more endangered than telemarketing, which the publication gives a 99% chance of falling victim to automation.
It’s becoming more clear with every new technological update that pilots aren’t the only airborne employees facing a permanent grounding. As early as 2012, the Skybot automated bartender was already on planes helping flight attendants ferry drinks to passengers. By 2016, Pepper the robot could remember every passenger’s flight information, take requests, give information about connecting flights, and prowl the aisles while his human colleagues were required to be belted into seats. That leap happened in just four years
Tax firm H&R Block developed Watson, a computer that helps with tax preparation. TurboTax assists customers with its tax bot. Computers and programs like these, however, will likely soon gobble up the jobs of the very people they were designed to assist.
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