This is not an April Fool’s Joke!
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders may say that they want to help the blue collar, working class, and middle class income Americans but neither has a solution for the oncoming displacement of most laboring and office jobs as wells as many technical jobs.
Japan is number one in the world in operational robots with 310,508 units. There’s even a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots that opened last year in Nagasaki, Japan, according to BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch). The United States is in second place (168,623) with Germany in a close third place. This was reported just today on Business Insider.
Coincidentally the Los Angeles Times had an opinion piece in today’s paper that starts with the words “A viral video released in February showed Boston Dynamics’ new bipedal robot, Atlas, performing human-like tasks: opening doors, tromping about in the snow, lifting and stacking boxes.” That article refers to a White House report that says “Most occupations that pay less than $20 an hour are likely to be automated into obsolescence.” Powerhouse consultancies like McKinsey & Co. forecast that 45% of today’s workplace activities could be done by robots, AI or some other already demonstrated technology. Truck drivers and baristas will be replaced too. Some professors argue that we could see 50% unemployment in 30 years.
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We think we have problems now but a coming so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring changes to society that most of us have yet to imagine.