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Old Yesterday, 11:58 AM
 
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Uh-huh.

The centuries-long trend of mechanism in all its permutations continues. Yet you attribute this immediate snapshot in history as not part of that overarching of ... well, of the entire Western world from the Industrial Revolution onward, but a sudden reaction to current policies.

I wonder if you were one of those (woefully wrong) individuals who proclaimed that the rise in ATMs would decrease bank employment? That didn't happen. Or perhaps that increased use of surveillance cameras would result in fewer law enforcement jobs? That was completely wrong, too. The examples are endless.

In reality, it doesn't look like Walmart is doing this in reaction to what aggrieves you politically. They're just doing what industry has been doing for hundreds of years.

What is predictable is the silly hand-wringing, from the Luddites to those trying to spin it as a consequence of policies they don't like. I wonder how these people manage to explain - in their own excuse-making minds - how this country once employed 50% of its populace in agriculture and now employs a mere 2%, yet 48% percent of the country isn't standing around without work complaining that the tractor and combine replaced the plow and hoe?

They have their Larry Kudlow sound-bites, but unfortunately for them, they don't have reality on their side:
https://www.nber.org/papers/w25434
In fairness, no company mechanizes "just cuz", it's all about cost\benefit.

Mechanization, self-checkout lanes etc. are all put in place to save the company $$$.

The idea that wage levels are completely unrelated to the implementation of such technologies is false.
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Old Yesterday, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Florida
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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walma...040100670.html

Welp, looks like companies rather have robots do jobs than give into $15 minimal wage hikes, as predicted.
No--it looks like companies are evolving with the times. Same reason we don't have chimney sweeps any more--they had to learn a new skill.
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Old Yesterday, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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No--it looks like companies are evolving with the times. Same reason we don't have chimney sweeps any more--they had to learn a new skill.
Not sure that's a different answer. Getting service for a lot less money, and displacing an entire tier of worker almost entirely to increase profits. Yay evolution.
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Old Yesterday, 05:43 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No--it looks like companies are evolving with the times. Same reason we don't have chimney sweeps any more--they had to learn a new skill.
There are still plenty of chimney sweeps, thatís a bad example. Most donít heat their homes with the fireplace anymore, so fewer are needed but many of us still have 1-3 fireplaces and the chimneys need to be cleaned to prevent a chimney fire from the creosote. Maybe try using switchboard operators, or keypunch operators.
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Old Yesterday, 05:50 PM
 
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Yup, don't have to worry about quitting, vacation days, calling in sick, or minimal wage hikes.
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Old Yesterday, 05:51 PM
 
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I am so glad some people can be so gleeful at the sufferings of their fellow Americans.
This will force those with 19th century skill sets to do what they should have long ago-to get 21st century skills.

Its good for them and business.
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Old Yesterday, 06:33 PM
 
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This will force those with 19th century skill sets to do what they should have long ago-to get 21st century skills.

Its good for them and business.
Right everyone should be doctors.
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Old Yesterday, 07:05 PM
 
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Right everyone should be doctors.
Or a thousand other skilled jobs. Yes, they should have some true 21st century skill.

Walking and breathing are not 21st century employment skills.
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Old Yesterday, 07:25 PM
 
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Or a thousand other skilled jobs. Yes, they should have some true 21st century skill.

Walking and breathing are not 21st century employment skills.
Mr. Einstein, I wonder, who will be left to clean the toilet or care for the disabled in this world of yours?
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Old Yesterday, 07:48 PM
 
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Mr. Einstein, I wonder, who will be left to clean the toilet or care for the disabled in this world of yours?
Toilets will be made as self-cleaning, or a Roomba that cleans toilets will be used. The disabled will have humans helping them with all functions a robot cannot do.
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