Eyeamok wrote:No you don't think this time will be different? If all these blue collar jobs are being eliminated. Where do people who only have a blue collar aptitude or people who like to work with their hands go and do for a living? Adapt or die?
Secondly I am very apprehensive about the idea of kids learning how to code since elementary school. Schools can't even get the No child left behind program to work the way it was designed. Now we are going to ask elementary schools to teach coding. The better funded school districts and people that can afford private tutoring for their children will be fine. But what about the rest?
Unless we change our education system to be more like Finland (for example) there are going to be a lot more people left behind.
But like I always say. What do I know I'm always open to learn more.
Thanks for the video and very nice music. It puts you in a great mood.
Not just blue collar but white collar as well and it has been happening for ages. I've worked in software engineering for the last 30 years mainly for government and mining industry and the changes I have seen in that time are huge.
We used to have guys and girls sitting there all day marking and reading huge batches of dot matrix printouts, typing out other peoples hand written letters and their jobs virtually disappeared the second our mainframe and internet arrived. By the mid 90s I helped develop one of the first internet websites for government for our Social Security department. The aim then was to cut down staff and time. In my local regional office when I worked there in the early 1990s we had around 100 staff. By the late 1990s it was around 20 staff.
Now in 2018 I am doing the same work. Architecting and developing systems... and with every new project before we are funded I am asked the same thing. "What is the return on investment and how many people can we let go if we automate this". If they get their money back within 5 years... they will more than likely spent the money to develop it.
As for the staff... the strongest and smartest survive. The older ones will gladly take a nice golden handshake and redundancy package, and the ones not old enough to retire or too old to get another job get re-deployed into another job. End of the day though it means less jobs available for younger people coming through.
It's sad but a reality of life and I think it is only going to get worse in the future. My old employer and mates in the mining industry and rolling out robotic trucks and trains.... and basically sacking drivers. That is mining... but in 10 years... 15 years... 20 years when automated driving on roads is common place... what are truck drivers, taxi drivers, couriers etc. going to do?