This has given me a lot of food for thought news Foxconn, a Chinese company employs 1.2 million people and manufactures for Apple, Nintendo or Apple among other brands. Foxconn intends to replace one million of its workers with machines, no more and no less, and they will certainly not be the most qualified and creative workers, but the other way around.
The robot construction costs it handles are really low, it is also true that Chinese labor costs are also low but this is changing; which translates into Foxconn being speeding up the mechanization process and will grow from 10,000 to 300,000 robots this year.
No more job security, no more compliance, no more expensive firing, no more even the era of public employment. If you can be replaced by a machine, sooner or later you will be. In the sixties the Japanese bet on the automobile and it worked out well; in the nineties they started betting on robotics as the sector of the future, and as a father, I have done the same.
You can see this trend as a bad thing or as a good thing, but it doesn't matter what you think, because it is inevitable. It is logical, it means an improvement in productivity, robots are cheaper, they work better than us, they are faster, they do not rest, they do not get sick (well, a little yes), etc... Think of security guards, cab drivers, ticket takers, serial assemblers, drivers, or stockers, and you will realize that they are professionals susceptible to be replaced by robots.
Robots are not creative, they do not know how to and cannot design, they are not made to make decisions, nor are they repaired or redesigned. There you have skills that will be more and more useful every day. Designing is for me the key facet of all this.
The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
Google already has a car legally driving around the state of Nevadawatch this video in case you haven't seen it already. Don't tell me you were thinking of working as a cab driver, because after watching this it doesn't seem like a very good idea.
Steven Hawkings has joined a foundation to defend us against autonomous robots. Something that I don't see at all clear Stephen Hawking joins foundation to defend humanity against autonomous robots