Currently, we were learning about the statistical effects of automation on society. It is so incredible how automated our world has become. There was a time we needed to call a number ‘411’ to get information for a phone number or address. Now we have search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckgo where we can find listed phone numbers and addresses in a snap. Map skills are almost a thing of the past with the advent of GPS and Smartphone map applications. Now there are even self-driving cars.
Some robots now perform mundane takes quicker, than it would take 10 people to do, with sometimes better accuracy. Not a great thing for the employment market, but it makes some otherwise costly items marketable at affordable prices.
Our choices of vocations are now in flux. Our job market is changing, and careers decisions have to change as well. Even cashiers and bank tellers are being replaced with scanning devices at retail shops, fast food restaurants, ATM machines, convenient stores and gas stations.
Flipping the Coin
There are two sides to this ominous coin. Life itself is navigated quicker. We don’t need to go to the bank to make a deposit or to perform other transactions. Our weekly food can be ordered and delivered to our doors. Communication has become quick and inexpensive. Gift shopping is a breeze with online shopping. What do we do with all the extra time we have on our hands?
As with all advances in humankind, there is nothing to worry about in the way of employment. There will always be new work possibilities. Currently, the trend is in the service industry. There will also be a need for repair engineers to fix all the latest technology. Robots require programming and software will require coding and other customizations.
In as far as our spare time, we can take better care of ourselves and each other. Spend more time with our families and friends. We can also improve our minds and get educated about the new applications of all this great automation and learn to make the best of it all.
As we make the best of our high tech lives, we can be more creative with our minds improving everyone’s lives along the way.
Be Well, Have Gratitude and Spread Goodwill