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Charlie Babcock
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10/23/2015 | 2:40:38 PM
Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
I have no doubt that Robot Process Automation or software doing lightweight IT can replace repetitive human tasks, particularly the "swivel chair" tasks cited. And that will lead to layoffs. But the fact remains that much higher level work remains undone, even at successful businesses, because no one can get to it. Surrounding products with more intelligent customer service might be a start.
David Wagner
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10/23/2015 | 5:27:55 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
Agreed, Charlie. But there are two issues I see. 1) The people who will lose their jobs aren't trained to do the work still to be done and it is goign to hurt. 2) I'm fine with us all losing our jobs and letting the robots run the Earth, but the transition to that is goign to be rough.
nomii
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10/24/2015 | 1:38:52 AM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone

@David I am surprised with your second point. Are you sure that you are really comfortable with robots running our jobs. I am pretty much concerned at the present state of unemployment even with the living beings and then over and above giving the employed place  to robots, you are asking for chaos. I am sure the robots will be fine in doing a precision or jobs required heavier demands but leaving everything to them does not sound comfortable to me.

PedroGonzales
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10/24/2015 | 12:29:22 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
I wouldn't mind for robots to take care of the dull and repetitive work; as long as companies have programs where people can transition into jobs that would allow them to contribute to new ways to the organization.  I think there will always be a place for humans,  even in the most robot friendly organization like German or Japanese car manufactures, the role of a human is crucial to make sure the factory work as planned.  Do people here think that robots could take over all jobs in an organization?
SaneIT
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10/26/2015 | 8:15:16 AM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
Maybe not every job but playing devil's advocate here, what if they can take half of human jobs?  What do countries with 50% unemployment look like?  We talk about financial divides now, imagine what it would be like which half of the workforce unemployed.  I think this is part of David's overly simplified statement about it being a rough transition, the very beginning of this process would hurt a lot of people.  How quickly that shift in the economy could recover isn't something I've heard a lot about but if it takes as little as a few years the damage would still be incredible. 
David Wagner
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10/26/2015 | 12:40:39 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
@nomii- I'm quite sure in some future world, there will be no need for humans to work. We'll build robots that do the work, even robots that design and repair future robots. We'll all lie around and be fed bon bons by robots and do art and science all day for fun and human improvement. Like Star Trek but with better robots. There is no reason whatsoever that we should have to work just to be employed and make money. 

The problem is not building a robot that can replace us all and free us up to live a nice life. We will eventually make robots that can do anything.

The problem is when we have robots for half the jobs. Because the jobs we'll replace first are the low paying jobs. We'll create a terrible class war between people who still have a job and those that don't. And we'll use words like freeloader and drag on the economy and all of that. We already see it in the elections in the US now. 

What do you do when you have more people than people you need to employ to make the world work? That's scary. But it isn't scary at all to have a world where no one needs to work, because you'll change your view of money and goods enitrely.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/26/2015 | 12:40:40 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
@nomii- I'm quite sure in some future world, there will be no need for humans to work. We'll build robots that do the work, even robots that design and repair future robots. We'll all lie around and be fed bon bons by robots and do art and science all day for fun and human improvement. Like Star Trek but with better robots. There is no reason whatsoever that we should have to work just to be employed and make money. 

The problem is not building a robot that can replace us all and free us up to live a nice life. We will eventually make robots that can do anything.

The problem is when we have robots for half the jobs. Because the jobs we'll replace first are the low paying jobs. We'll create a terrible class war between people who still have a job and those that don't. And we'll use words like freeloader and drag on the economy and all of that. We already see it in the elections in the US now. 

What do you do when you have more people than people you need to employ to make the world work? That's scary. But it isn't scary at all to have a world where no one needs to work, because you'll change your view of money and goods enitrely.
David Wagner
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10/26/2015 | 12:44:15 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
@saneIT- Yeah, that's exactly what I was getting at.
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10/26/2015 | 1:10:13 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
David,

There are some serious problems with that sceanario(as you have outlined) playing out.

For One)How do you replace the Invisible Hand of the Market in Pricing various Goods and Services if everyone just stops working?

Depending on the Government to take up this responsibility instead won't help matters for most concerned simply because Governments can and usually are easily corrupted.

So what do we do to solve this situation?

I have a slightly different take.

In the future we will have only 4 Classes of Jobs

1)Government Related Jobs

2)People Related Jobs

3)Animals/Nature Related Jobs

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4)Technology related Jobs.

 

Everyother type of job will become obsolete going ahead.

 
Ashu001
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10/26/2015 | 1:15:37 PM
Re: Layoffs, yes, but many higher level tasks remain undone
SaneIT,

We already have such countries on the Planet today in Greece and Portugal.

Its a difficult to live in-Absolutely no doubt about it but moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle can make this happen for sure.

No Doubts about it.

If you grow a significant percentage of your Food yourself in sustainable fashion the need to earn Money automatically dimnishes.

Does'nt it?

 
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