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Old 03-28-2013, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I have talked about this in posts but the more I think about this the more I am concerned and this comes from me who one of the most optimistic posters on City Data. Honestly I think this is a bigger concern then the debt and climate change yet not many people are talking about this.... YET. However you can already see examples of this today and I think its a big reason why this recession is still going on. And as the saying goes you have not seen anything yet.

So I wanted to start a thread on this because I think we are going to come up with solutions on how handle this issue in the next 10 years especially the next 20 years.

This is a video from 60 minutes on it:

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Old 03-28-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Can you summarize what you are taking about without asking me to watch a 13 minute video?
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:36 PM
 
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^^^ This....
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:48 PM
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Scroll to 4:44 and watch 1 minute of the video. You'll get the gist.

Robots are taking over menial jobs.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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A good way to describe it is as technology advances it is taking away more and more jobs. A good example is the city I live in, Pueblo. There is a steel mill and it is the most profitable it has been in 140 years it has been around. Yet in the 1950's and 1960's it employed close to 10,000 people and today it only employees a little over 1,000 people due to automation. And this is just the start as it will impact every sector of the economy not in a generation or two but in the next 10 years. This is something we will have to deal with and to be honest I am not sure how.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Technology replacing jobs has been occurring for many many decades...

Nothing new, we've been dealing with it up to this point and no reason to think we won't be able to in the future......
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Technology has never been as advanced as it is now and as the video says we have seen nothing yet. In my opinion its only a matter of time before technology replaces a lot of our jobs causing a change in the economy but to what? I am not sure......
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:09 PM
 
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Technology has never been as advanced as it is now and as the video says we have seen nothing yet.
First off I couldn't care less what a video says. I have a brain and use it, don't need nor trust a Youtube video for "THE FACTS".....

Second I beg to differ with you, look at the changes from 1890 to 1920 and compare them to now. The changes now pale in comparison unless you think for example that the Internet spawned more technologies than electricity.....

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In my opinion its only a matter of time before technology replaces a lot of our jobs causing a change in the economy but to what? I am not sure......
Since America is becoming more and more service oriented as the years go by the jobs will never change. Streets still need to be cleaned, beds made, food prepared, grass mowed bathrooms cleaned etc.....

If the tree-huggers get their way just think of the tens of thousands of workers that will be needed to repair wind turbines, tens of thousands more will be needed to clean solar panels, there will be a need for thousands of bicycle repairmen.

If the anti-GMO crowd get their way just think of the numerous job openings in the farming community....

Just think of all the new jails (and the infrastructure behind them) that have to be built over the coming decades because everything in America is becoming illegal...

Why, the list of new jobs that could be created in the coming decades is staggering......

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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The video is from 60 Minitues. I just used YouTube as its a easier platform to view it.

Also you are wrong when you say there was more change from 1890 to 1920. The reason is computers/ information technology advances exponentially so we see more advancement in 1 year then they did in the 30 years you talked about. As far as those jobs you talk about. It's not a matter of "if" but "when" robots take them over. This is coming its Inevitable and it's going to happen in the next 10 maybe 20 years at most. The question is how do we deal with it and I don't know the answer.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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That's easy.

Once the Singularity arrives we'll all be robots so all we have to do is program ourselves to do one of those jobs.
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