Robopocalypse

Caroline Grindinger

Industrializing and increasing the effect of technology and machinery in the business world makes the process of supplying much faster and has great lasting benefits, but by increasing the impact of technology in the work force, more than two billion jobs are predicted to disappear by 2030. Technological innovation is helpful in the case of increasing and maximizing our utility and making it easier to produce, but when is that innovation too much? When does that innovation cause a high increase in unemployment and eventually lead to a poor society?

Innovation is all around us, but we must set a limit as to how much innovation is too much. If we start to rely on technology like droids, bots, and drones, our society becomes fat and lazy. And those technological forces will eventually take over the world and leave the rest of us jobless. Because our input is increasingly high, our output is dropping. Economist Brynjolfsson points out, “Productivity is at record levels, innovation has never been faster, and yet at the same time, we have a falling median income and we have fewer jobs. People are falling behind because technology is advancing so fast and our skills and organizations aren’t keeping up.” It is hard to have to stop innovating because that means people will lose jobs and we may not be maximizing our utility and working at our true potential output, but that number of jobs lost will be lower than if we lose all of our jobs to robots.

Robots have the potential to take over jobs from fashion designing through 3D printing all the way to pizza delivering droids. But we must realize that before we stop robots all together, they provide other jobs as well such as engineers to design those robots, manufacturers of parts, and operators. But, those jobs are much less than the original amount of jobs. There needs to be a line drawn as to where technology must end. I believe that where we are right now is a good place to begin to draw the line. We are self-sufficient and we have a good amount of technology where we are not completely controlled by it, but we also have room to improve. If we continue to make droids, we should completely assess how that will have an effect on our health and well-being. A writer for the Washington Blog writes, “The robopocalypse for workers may be inevitable. In this vision of the future, super-smart machines will best humans in pretty much every task. A few of us will own the machines, a few will work a bit… while the rest will live off a government-provided income”.

So, we must cut production of robots and further robotic innovation if we want to save the jobs and lives of millions of Americans. The line can begin to be drawn now. If we do not draw a line as to how much innovation is too much innovation, we will all become fat and lazy, controlled by machinery.

“Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year.” Washingtons Blog. Accessed June 21, 2016. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/10/goodbye-middle-class-51-percent-of-all-american-workers-make-less-than-30000-dollars-a-year.html

“2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030.” DaVinci Institute – Futurist Speaker. Accessed June 21, 2016. http://www.futuristspeaker.com/business-trends/2-billion-jobs-to-disappear-by-2030/..

Rotman, David. “How Technology Is Destroying Jobs.” MIT Technology Review. 2013. Accessed June 21, 2016. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/515926/how-technology-is-destroying-jobs/.

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