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Jobs are NOT coming back ...

even if manufacturing does. The bulk of job loss in these Divided United States is due to automation. (I love ya, Bernie Sanders), but cancleing trade deals is not going to keep or bring back jobs.

 

When people, humans started being referred to as "Human Resources" we were all in trouble. Bottom line? The people doing the work were just a resource, a means to an end. Now, with all the technological advances, those Human Resources are in lesser and lesser demand.

 

Remember all those jobs that Hair Furor saved at Carrier? Well, the company is going to invest the reward money in ... more automation! 

“We’re going to… automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” Hayes said. “Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there. But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”

The Bottom Line is what big business and shareholders are looking at, and automation is the future present. We, the peasants need to accept that reality and try to come up with solutions, not try to rewind time or put the genie back in the bottle.

CEO Andy Puzder - (recognize the name?)

says:

"With government driving up the cost of labor, it's driving down the number of jobs," he says. "You're going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants."

"This is the problem with Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, and progressives who push very hard to raise the minimum wage," says Puzder. "Does it really help if Sally makes $3 more an hour if Suzie has no job?"

Automomibile manufacturing?

The U.S. has lost 5 million factory jobs since 2000. And trade has indeed claimed production jobs - in particular when China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Nevertheless, there was no downturn in U.S. manufacturing output. As a matter of fact, U.S. production has been growing over the last decades. From 2006 to 2013, “manufacturing grew by 17.6%, or at roughly 2.2% per year,” according to a report from Ball State University. The study reports as well that trade accounted for 13% of the lost U.S. factory jobs, but 88% of the jobs were taken by robots and other factors at home.

Teaching Assistants?

Ashok Goel, a computer science professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, recently pulled a huge prank on his students: he gave them a robot for a teaching assistant. "Jill Watson" did regular TA work, like remind students of due dates and answer questions, all over email. According to a Wall Street Journal report, a few students were suspicious, but nobody uncovered the truth.

Doctor's Office/Hospitals?

A female patient suffering from leukaemia had been baffling medical professionals from Japan after treatment and all previous treatment being prescribed for the condition was proving ineffective. It was a mystery for doctors. The team with no other ideas on what to do decided to call in IBM's Watson for help and it proved to be a life-saving move.

Taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers, Uber?

The loss of 5 million factory jobs since 2000 has devastated families and communities across the country. The nation could well lose an equal number of driving-related jobs in the next 10 or 20 years, but a similar devastation need not follow.

Hospitality Industry?

Not to be outdone, the hospitality sector in Japan is going head-over heels for robotics. Not only do they make guests smile, but over the long run, hotels like Hen-na reckon they might be able to save money on labor costs. That's why they are starting with 10 robots in their hotel. Their goal is that someday in the near future, 90 percent of all tasks in the hotel will be performed robotically.

Let's talk Retail?

"A lot of it has to do with the kind of adjustment that traditional brick and mortar retailers need to go through because some of them like Macy's have not done a good job of staying ahead in the e-commerce and digital marketing games" Peter Gold, the chief digital marketing officer at Shop.com explained.

Amazon Go, self-check brick and mortor stores.

The 1,800-square-foot store, dubbed “Amazon Go,” is the latest beach in brick-and-mortar retail stormed by the e-commerce giant. It’s clearly a sign Amazon sees a big opportunity in revolutionizing Main Street commerce.

I have assembled this list of links and snips to show that automation is going to invade (or already has) nearly every occupational endevour. Love it or hate it, folks, its here to stay (just ask the buggy manufacturors).  Is your job AI-proof?

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kfred on January 25, 2017 - 11:51

Excellent, Roxy!  You have encapsulated the 'why traditional jobs are NOT coming back'.

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admin on January 25, 2017 - 13:18

I am just getting so sick of the jobs whine. There is NOBODY going to rain traditional jobs on anybody. Is this a problem? Absolutely. 

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