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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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

What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

Robots are not ready for pizza industry yet.

Reference: What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it’s up to millennials to create more

Thank you Mark for bringing attention to future job loss due to automation.

“… today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining. A lot people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”

The Facebook executive said that it’s time for this generation to define a “social contract” in the vein of the New Deal or the Great Society. In his remarks, Zuckerberg said that we should explore ideas such as universal basic income — the idea that everyone should receive a base salary — and explore ways to provide health care and childcare in ways that aren’t tied to an employer.

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Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it’s up to millennials to create more

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Mark Zuckerberg called for exploring universal basic income in his Harvard graduation speech. Here’s what that means

Thank you Mark for echoing my proposed solution to job loss due to automation.

“We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful,” he said. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.”

It’s an idea that has picked up momentum in an age in which increased technological advance, globalization, and automation — especially automation — threaten countless livelihoods, as Zuckerberg noted during his speech Thursday.

“Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said.

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Warehouse workers beware: These little robot helpers may be after your job

Check out the video link below. An interesting piece is that the Chinese manufacturers completely copy Amazon’s orange robots to handle its distribution centers.

Again, manufacturing automation and 3D printing is the trend.

Reference: Warehouse workers beware: These little robot helpers may be after your job