Much to my disgruntlement, not too many people make a big deal or curious enough on what could be driven the global economy of today. So to speak, much to my satisfaction for me to come by a wonderful TechCrunch‘s article — Is Technology Destroying Jobs? — and this reminds me of something else. This something else is The Zeitgeist Movement.
It’s a complex subject, and it’s a very sensitive subject regardless of how one tries to soft pedal it. It’s complex since there are too many factors at work. It’s too sensitive since there are too many people who experience joblessness. So, it’s hard to gauge whether people out of jobs for they aren’t technologically evolved fast enough or people have been robbed by the wealthiest folks in a nation or the world.
We can sure narrow down to specific examples and nod in agreements that it could be there were few corrupted souls who had gotten greedier to a point the economy as a whole of a country went to new low. We can also narrow down to specific examples and nod in agreements that the economy of today isn’t of yesterday since we rely on technology more and more. So which is it? Could it be both?
I remembered sometime back, almost two decades back so to speak, people I know now, some of them were worked in factory with machines made trash bags. These people were worked with machines to make sure the trash bags were came out right and they had to bag the trash bags (i.e., wrapping the trash bags). Nowadays, with the advancement of technological development in general, I have to wonder what if this very trash bag factory was still in business (i.e., it was out of business awhile back), could it be that this very company would just have the machines to bag the trash bags also?
The story I told above has showed us that as technology gets to be evermore proficient, it might just be that in a very near future even the Chinese workers in China will complain about joblessness. After all, businesses are out to make record profits.
In certain industries, machines might be capable of replacing humans through and through. Had you watched the television show “How It’s Made” and had to wonder why the machines were so capable of producing so much more stuffs and had done so efficiently and yet there were fewer humans to guide them? It’s not hard to see why CEOs of corporations and small business owners incline to deploy advance technologies to churn out greater profits. The problem is that they can cut loose the humans from the equations/formulas, therefore corporations and companies can churn out even greater profits by not having to pay wages month after month. Instead, they (i.e., the industries) only have to buy machines/robots with advance intelligence that last for decades to come to replace humans.
TechCrunch’s article I’d mentioned above points out how horses were replaced by the introduction of advance technology such as cars. So, it’s not hard for us to see why humans might be replaced by robots and other advance machineries in a near future. The Zeitgeist Movement emphasizes on the importances of how technology can solve humans’ calamities such as world hunger and poverty and so on. So, on one extreme, we humans fear machines will create joblessness all over the world and rendering us humans useless as if we were those horses that no longer had jobs. On the other extreme, we have The Zeitgeist Movement which claims technology can be so advanced that one day humans would be lifted out of world hunger, poverty, and many other calamities. I have to wonder though, could we just find a middle ground and not have to pick one extreme over another to solve our great calamities to come?
As Erik Brynjolfsson, economic professor of MIT‘s Sloan business school, points out that it could be that the technological development in general had grown too fast for everyone to catch up or evolve as fast as the evolution of technologies, therefore large population of humans of this great nation of ours could not find jobs that required advanced skills. Perhaps, this nation of ours need to find ways to bring people up to date with technologies so they can find jobs? When people are able to attain the skills that will allow them to fit into the society of today without breaking their banks somehow, might this works to alleviate or eradicate the joblessness? Perhaps, we need better laws and regulations in education field so tuitions won’t be so costly? Perhaps educational industry needs to work evermore closely to other industries to ensure students will find the right jobs easier?
I think we might be able to create more jobs and embrace the advancements of technologies at the same time as long more of us can work toward goals where education can be put into practice easier and education costs less. We might need better approaches, modern approaches so to speak, in regarding to delivering education to everyone. Otherwise, the folks who are out of jobs now and had not been back in schools for so long might not be able to absorb the educational materials that are so essential to their being able to find jobs. I think education might be the key to solve many calamities to come, but education has to be done right somehow. Otherwise, it won’t work!
- Race Against the Machine (ft.com)
- Some frustrated workers quit in weird ways (usatoday.com)
- Polling Techonomists: Is Technology Truly at the Heart of Progress? (forbes.com)
- Keen On… How The Internet Is Making Us Both Richer and More Unequal (TCTV) (techcrunch.com)
- Rise Of The Machines (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Machines keep getting more and more jobs (ijrnews.com)
- Is Technology Destroying Jobs? (techcrunch.com)
- A global society (room4truth.com)
- European zeitgeist and mysterious ways: Occupy information (digitalcollaboration.wordpress.com)