Will Automation Kill or Create Jobs?

It is very alarming to say automation or AI will not kill jobs, because it essentially draws people’s guard down to prepare for their welfare protection. It is much fair to say that automation or AI will change the landscape of job market.

Every new technology related to the job market has a potential to cause interruption to what we are used to. I agree that it will create new types of jobs, but it will also destroy some traditional jobs. Although people can claim that the net job gain could be positive, it is a great mistake to conclude that automation / AI would create jobs instead of killing jobs. This is like comparing apples against oranges. People cannot do a simple addition / subtraction of numbers to draw their conclusions!

Just look at the current US policy of reviving manufacturing and mining jobs. The major reason of those conservatives is that they want to bring the old jobs back. They resist to the landscape change of the job market, and refuse or decide not to transition to new types of jobs. Then, under this situation, can people and scholars still subtract the numbers of old jobs from new ones in their job gain calculation? They cannot! Some people may not want to change or unable to change due to various reasons. As a result, trying to keep those traditional jobs is creating unrest in the US economy and society. Conservatives ignore the fact that our history has shown it to be impossible to reverse job trend. Resisting just prolongs the pain to face the changes and slows down our country’s progress.

Therefore, I would like to encourage policymakers to consider universal income or automation / robot / AI tax to at least protect the welfare of future generations. Do not trust the claims of net job gain to slow down the need of our welfare protection.

Here is a sample of recent articles making the false claims. Do not follow them blindly.

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American job hunters are now paranoid that robots will throw out their résumés

Here is another update of job automation. Industries continue to advance their automation of jobs.

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JHU Press offers 280-page report ‘Reducing Gun Violence in America’ for free download

In the wake of a mass shooting that left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured in Las Vegas, Johns Hopkins University Press is offering free copies of Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis.

The full 280-page report, authored by experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, can be downloaded online.

Reference: JHU Press offers 280-page report ‘Reducing Gun Violence in America’ for free download

Pilgrim’s Pride plans to employ robots

Another manufacturer employs robots to help with production.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. producer, is adding robotics and X-ray technology for processes such as deboning the front half of the birds, chief executive officer Bill Lovette said Thursday during the company’s secondquarter earnings conference call. Pilgrim’s is working with Scott Technology Ltd., a New Zealand automation company controlled by Pilgrim’s corporate parent, the Brazilian meat giant JBS SA.

Reference: Pilgrim’s Pride plans to employ robots

Sodas lift McDonald’s

Some interesting trend in fast food business:

  • introducing in-store ordering kiosks,
  • expanding delivery through UberEats, and
  • launching a mobile order-and-pay option.

Reference: Sodas lift McDonald’s

What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

Robots are not ready for pizza industry yet.

Reference: What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

Guns kill nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. each year and send thousands more to hospitals

Handguns and other firearms cause the deaths of more children in the United States each year than the flu or asthma, according to a comprehensive new report on gun violence and kids.

Each day in the United States, an average of 3.5 people under the age of 18 are shot to death and another 15.5 are treated in a hospital emergency department for a gunshot wound. Between 2012 and 2014, an average of 1,287 children and adolescents died each year as a result of gun violence, making firearms second only to motor vehicle crashes as a cause of injury-related deaths. Another 5,790 were treated for gunshot injuries in U.S. hospitals.

Here’s another way to look at it: In the United States, a gun is the cause of death in more than 1 in 10 deaths of people under the age of 18.

The number of child fatalities related to guns is far higher in the U.S. than in any other high-income country. Another study has reckoned that the U.S. accounts for 91% of all the firearms-related deaths of children under 14 in the world’s 23 richest countries.

The new analysis, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, represents an unusually comprehensive look at the toll that guns take on children.

Reference: Guns kill nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. each year and send thousands more to hospitals