Why Educate Our Children When Jobs Are Gone For Ever.
Today our jobs have been replaced with Technology. What can we expect tomorrow? The world economy is changing fast and more profoundly than ever before. Unemployment is rampant, governments are bailing each other out of debt, computers run our lives and our cities have gone to ruin. What’s our plan?
It has been some time since Man came down from the trees. We have created governments and wars in an effort to live harmonious. With each passing year we have teetered technology to do our work for us. Technology has now advanced to the point where humans need to do little work to sustain the life they have become accustom to. So, one would think it is time to kick up our feet and live life to its fullest. Not quite.
The consequence of technology doing our work is far reaching and will require deep changes within society and governments if we are to continue our lavish lifestyle.
The idea of technology taking over our work place is not new, however, the extent and speed in recent years is not. Society has not planned on so many financial sectors being affected simultaneously. Some of the industries experiencing dramatic changes are:-
Telephone Networks – Gone
What are the telephone companies thinking. The guys who reaped huge profits in the past will fall hard. A big explanation is not needed here, in a word. Skype. Why on earth would you want to engage the telephone company and pay for the call. Just like internet Explorer, Bill Gates has integrated Skype into Windows 8 and 2nd generation Windows 7. It cannot be removed; it is part of the operating system. We had seen the use of Skype in work situations but now every kid I know is doing it. (Oh my phone is out of credit – not a problem switch to Wi-Fi.) - Job losses are in the millions
Shopping Centres – Dwindled to showrooms and service centres
We all know shopping centers are disappearing due to online purchases. With that we will lose a huge amount peripheral stuff which supported the shopping centres such as, the construction, the utilities, the staff, and the cars travelling to and from - Job losses are in the billions.
Computers – not as we know them today
No home PC, just the tablet and the smart TV remain. In the work place the mouse and the keyboard are gone and replaced with a voice recognition terminal with a touch screen monitor lying flat on the desk like a book. Hence Microsoft’s new brand name, Surface.
Computers and software do not fail as they did in the past. It was not that long ago when business network down time was a normal part of the day. Now little or no intervention is required to keep the network running – IT jobs were lost years ago, today loses are minimal.
Education - Maybe we don't send them off
Courses offered by traditional brick and mortar institutions are now offered by the same intuitions but are available online. It is here, it is alive. This is fantastic like every other innovation mentioned here, and also has its pit-falls. How many people are employed by your local college - Job losses are in the millions.
Manufacturing - robot and nano technologies
Your local Coca-Cola plant has upgraded; at the entry there are water supply pipes, tanks of syrup and beads for making PET plastic. The exit is just trucks being loaded by machines. Inside the plant are machinery and service technicians. That’s it.
Employees do not load trucks, fill bottles, or conduct QC. Supervisors are not required. In fact if all is going well there are no humans inside the plant at all. Most manufacturing companies are restructuring to take advantage of new robot and nano technologies - Job losses will be in the billions.
Beam me up Scottie. Could anyone imagine what teleporting would do to the economy. At least 50% of all jobs gone. Oh Dear, no trucks, no FedEx, no ships, no cars, no escalators, no elevators, no roads and no State Trooper. Today teleportation is becoming a reality, Scientists have Found a way to teleport atoms on optic fibres - source http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/aussie-scientists-teleport-snap-frozen-atoms/story-e6frfkp9-1111113926446#ixzz2ftJ8b6UV Scientists find way to teleport atoms on optic fibres
Maybe we should leave teleporting alone for a while :)
Antenna & Cable TV
Local TV stations are feeling the pinch of the advertising dollar going to internet sites rather than on TV commercial breaks. TV stations could get on the band wagon and join the internet frenzy but they seem to be missing it completely. Today most TV stations do have a web page but they are void of revenue advertising, both on their home page and their video content. They seem to be removing the advertising from the shows before they put the show on the net. If local TV stations could also stream their same content (including advertisements) on the net then they may have a chance. A bit like a You Tube channel slowly gaining followers – Job loses minimal, just a shift in the advertising dollar.
Cable TV is gone. No hope for them at all – Job losses minimal.
A brilliant hub by Mary615
- How To Give Up Cable TV By Installing An Indoor TV Antenna
It is so easy to give up cable TV. This article explains the use of a converter box (if needed), and how to purchase and install an interior antenna.
With all these jobs gone, a blowout of poverty will need to be averted. Society will need foot this bill and distribute wealth evenly amongst the unemployed. There are a few scenarios in which this could be achieved:-
- Increase taxes and share the money with the income less.
- Everyone endeavours to own financial stocks from a young age.
- World governments become partially socialist or communist and share the wealth evenly.
Government policy and platforms will need to change to incorporate wealth distribution. These types of changes have never come easily and will not be easy this time. Governments may need to be brought to their knees before changes of this nature could be realized Other countries, such as China and India, most probably have little to change as their models fit the socialist distribution of wealth to a degree. Please do not confuse these statements with outright Communism; I am only suggesting a tweaking to the Capitalist model to better care for the underprivileged. It was not Communism that invented the smart phone. Without incentives we simply do not invent or grow. Capitalism breeds both.
What type of Changes to government do you think would work?
The Silver Lining
Honest, there simply has to be some good of all this. I have scoured the net trying to find an answer, especially for the people currently affected by job losses. I am just an ideas guy so it is all hearsay.
The countries which are not affected by the job losses, such as India, China, and South Korea are the very counties who will increase their personal wealth in the short term. By the billions they still need more Kitchen appliances, cars, clothing, food, and all the raw materials to put them together. This is massive. As the world becomes leaner with their manufacturing, countries will emerge as the leanest manufacturers of certain items. Their area of expertise, if you like. USA might grow the soya beans, produce the steel & microprocessors and so on, whilst Australia mines, and grows beef. China’s expertise might remain in home consumables.
These shifts in production have been ongoing but are more pronounced recently. Trade agreements between China and the USA (and many other countries) are in place. USA builds 200 Boeing aircraft for the China; The USA sells to China agricultural products and technology parts. See www.businesstoday-eg.com/business/asia-pacific/china-to-buy-200-boeing-aircraft.html In fact, the amount the USA is exporting to China is rising quickly. The World Policy Institute stated “From 2000 to 2011, U.S. exports to China increased by approximately 640 precent, from about $16 billion to $104 billion. During this period, American exports to China grew seven times faster than U.S. exports to all other countries in the world except for Canada and Mexico” – source http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2012/12/10/united-states-can-benefit-china%E2%80%99s-rise
People will say at home to perform their online transactions and their college/University courses. Not so much will the students be far flung across the country but stay, and continue to live in their hometown. Effectively bringing the family unit back home. That's got to be good.
It is not all doom and gloom. With planning and cooperation it will not be apocalyptic either. But rather prosperous, peaceful and dynamic – We have a very bright future indeed.
If we fail to plan then we have planned to fail.
Will the world be a better place in 2050
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