The Impact of Computerization on the Labor Market

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    That's correct. Where there used to be four or five now one does basically the same job plus more. People fill their own tanks, check their own oil and tire pressure (unless the car itself does it) and clean their own windshield. Now the gas station and small store are one and the same.
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    How old are you? You have no idea what you're talking about.
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    Move on to what? A place where jobs just disappear never to be replaced. Without consumers who is going to buy the products? And with out jobs where does the money come from?

    This is not a left vs right, liberal vs libertarian vs conservative issue. It is one that is already affecting us all and is only going to get worse.
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    Of course I do. You just don't like it so you want to act out.

    How old are you?
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    Away from manual labor. But all you want to do is argue.. Do ith with yourself... Good night.
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    The gas stations used to have hired help fill your gas for you, now they do not. How is that not less jobs manual labor jobs?
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    Don't go away mad. Just go away. :D
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    Uh, go back and see what I wrote then give it another try.
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    Hall all I'm saying is that manual labor jobs are going away... little by little. That is a fact that you cannot deny.
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    :rolleyes::rolleyes:
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    You libbies are all alike.
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    Who is trying to deny it. I think one of your main problems is you do not take the time to read what people write and then it leads you make answers that are not in line with the conversation. You are just reiterating one of the points I was making and then trying to make it appear I was arguing against the same point.
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    That's a great retort Rick. Wow, you just floored me......even it it is totally wrong.
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    It's a very interesting topic. Some say it will hurt us because of lost jobs. Another smaller group argues that this will decrease the cost of living and the extra profits (for the companies) generated from these technological developments will give rise to new jobs for the ones who were laid off from the technological advances.

    Their thought is that a factory that lays off 50 workers due to automation will have more profit, which they will then spend on other services and items that are currently not in demand or are in low demand because of the lower profits and higher costs.
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    I have been telling my kids for years that this will be a country of the haves and have nots - so educate yourself well.
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    Some Americans are not interested in these trades because wages have been driven down because of illegal immigrants. They are good trades that used to be paid very livable wages.
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    Will be?
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    People seem to be missing the point of automation. Its not really that it replaces the need for unskilled labor, its that it deskills complex tasks, and makes a relatively skilled job into an unskilled one that requires pushing a button. Automation is a greater threat to craft or skilled labor. Basically it turns your $20/hr job into an minimum wage one that anyone can do. Your job becomes cheap labor.
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    This. Plus that minimum wage worker will be able to do the job of 4 of the skilled workers as the diagnostic work is done for them, and the fix presented as well.

    This is certainly a very real issue and one that is not easy to tackle. How do we educate our kids for tomorrow's jobs when tomorrow's jobs don't exist - are unknown? How do we expect our 19th century educational system to be agile enough to deal with this hazy future?

    Me thinks, it will take a paradigm shift in education and society which seems less likely as we seem to tune in and tune out more and more.
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    Entertainment, tech repair, and CAD/CAM will hold through the transition. I just wish moneterism would go away and release technology to a point of allowing people to only have to work 10 hours a week within the next 20 years.

    This has to happen to reduce waste, lower prices, increase productivity and safety. Too bad we keep chasing our tails and worry about wages. Again, money is artificial and represents nothing of relevence in our environment or public health. The 1600's are over people!!! Welcome to the 21st Century.
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