Are robots going to take our jobs? Are technological advances a historical blow to the loss of employment?
Well, this is not a topic that is treated in the tabloid press, neither will be found in a comedy show. Nor is something that has not been discussed and debated in more than one Forum or media with an acceptable level of information quality. deserves some quality name. It has to do with our current social system and economic, the technological revolution and all these important changes are causing.
We all enjoy our Smartphone, what the internet offers us and even how beautiful and impressive robots look. All this like science fiction. Virtual reality and things like these are already in our environment. In every sector. In finance, medicine, agriculture. In brief, in any place that implies our life. But not all of us have thought about how new technologies will affect our future employment. For some people, it is a fantastic thing. For others, because of close experiences, it is almost something from hell itself.
Obama’s Farewell Speech Excerpt on Jobs and the Economy
I considered it important to write on this subject based on a news item on CNN Money, Rise of the Machines: Fear robots, not China or Mexico. This article mentions:
«MIT professor David Autor found that U.S. trade with China killed 985,000 American manufacturing jobs between 1999 and 2011. And Robert Scott, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, estimates that trade with Mexico cost roughly 800,000 U.S. jobs between 1997 and 2013».
But, is Mexico, China, and other countries really the real enemy of the US?
The same article reminds us of words from the farewell address of ex-President Obama:
«The next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good middle class jobs obsolete…”
How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers
Many factories used to count their labor force in hundreds. Now, many of them do not count with no more than a few dozens of workers. From time to time the media flood us with news of avalanches of collective dismissals. Hundreds of people are uprooted from their jobs. And most probably, more than one city also almost lose its life because of this issue: Automation of jobs. It is not only a question of which labor prices are lower in one country than another. It is not just a matter of lower labor prices in one country or another. We can not leave aside that, coupled with this, new technologies, automation of work and robotization, are stealing jobs.
What do we do? Do we cry, curse or do strikes and demonstrations?
For some people, it seems like something new that is upsetting the world economy. Others curse capitalism as the cause of all evils in the society. When someone has a company and all things are going well, Capitalism is the best. But when that same person is employed and things are wrong, Capitalism is the worst.
It is not my intention to go over political details, as we would get into a bottomless pit, and this opinion article does not pursue that goal.
But does this preamble refer only to the US? And what about the rest of the world? What about Europe, Latin America, and the other countries?
The truth is that the same environment mentioned applies to everyone. For this reason, I propose to take a good look at the past. Catching a glimpse of our history can help us to see the situation in a different way.