09 Sep Is Technology Taking Over Human Jobs?
By Michael Bluemling Jr.
The million-dollar question that is on everybody’s mind as they watch the news or read an online article about the global economies and or unemployment rates in America “is technology replacing the need for humans”? This is a growing concern and one that could potentially end up slashing jobs in the next 5 to 10 years significantly. How are we as a society addressing this concern? Are we heading to our local politicians office asking those important questions or are we trusting that they will do the right thing?
We have seen this in the past relying on the government to regulate and control big business. We had a financial crisis and the entire global system almost failed if it was not for a few influential people and a huge bailout by the American working class. Was this necessary? Could this have been prevented? How can we allow events like this to define our quality of life? People and families lost money; no they lost everything in some cases, while some top executives cleaned house and partied on their Yacht in the Caribbean laughing. That is what the American people get when they “Trust”. It was all fun and games while the housing market boomed; with financial institutions taking everything that they could, while bankrupting those people who could not afford to have that happen the most when the glass slipper fell.
Now back to the main point. With technological advancements workers are being replaced with machines in the grocery store, shopping malls, and even at the gas station. When do we even need a human? We wake up get on our computer and read the news. Do we even need a TV station reporting the news with people on air? Where will the jobs come from in the future? We are even fighting wars with machines with the push of a button. The military has downsized to its lowest levels in quite some time as a result.
One of the biggest concerns that we should be aware of is when they start talking about delivering packages with drones to our homes. Really? Do we need a drone coming to our houses invading our privacy and who knows what other kind of data they will be collecting in the mean time. For example, will they be verifying the amount of people living in the home, the type of car that we drive, and how many pets are in the yard? This is absurd and if we as Americans do not control these types of activities, before you know it we will all have a chip in our arms like a robot.
With actions such as these jobs will become fewer and fewer as machines take over human jobs. Where would we end up working? How would the lower class or middle class survive without quality employment? Will we as the working class of America end up a slave to the government or the upper class relying on social services for the basic necessities of life like food and water? How we will bridge the gap on the barrier of entry to live out the American dream from above the poverty level?
We also need to create more jobs for our youth and college students to have when they graduate. Under the current trends, students are paying an astronomical amount to attend college and are working a minimum wage job after graduation. Is this acceptable? Do we want our children and their children facing a crisis in the future, because we were not proactive now? We have to open our eyes and pay attention to our surroundings and environments from which we are all a part of.
As leaders in America we have an obligation to ask those tough questions and demand results on the Hill when it comes to creating jobs. Pushing issues to the back burner or not addressing them out of fear of retaliation is not the American way. We are a free nation that has a system in place so that due process is afforded to everyone or is it?