Personally, I am tired of columnists and pundits saying that we should all reinvent ourselves and become Internet entrepreneurs. People with the ability to do remarkable things will do remarkable things.
But I didn't grow up in Lake Woebegone, where all the kids are above average. Shockingly, in my high school FIFTY PERCENT of the kids were below average. In previous decades, most of them could get jobs as assembly line workers, clerks, etc.
But those jobs are gone. So what happens to people like that now? I suppose we could try Swift's "Modest Proposal" (i.e., kill and eat them). But I think I would prefer to have trucks driven by employed humans to robot drones dropping packages on my doorstep
Good point, and I do realize that there are many, I wouldn't even call it "below average" individuals that have relied upon these jobs. I seriously doubt that all of the jobs that they are qualified for will be going away. My rant really was geared to the rest of the population that screams that their job is going away and make it seem like there was no warning--those that could have taken relevant classes, or at least consider a Plan B rather than the government being Plan B.
Whether our children are average or entrepreneur material, my point still is that we need to do a better job as parents and educators to guide them and help them make decisions so that they can be employed. I don't see evidence of that happening. There was another headline today concerning the number of children who can't read - Click here. Do you think that the average group is getting the education they need to be emplooyed? I don't. And, by the way, I have children in both camps.
I suppose it depends where you are or maybe where you are coming from.
I attended a conference on robotics once and encountered a young man (well I was at the same time) who feared robotics taking away jobs while the group I counted myself in was happily looking forward to the time when robots would take over some of our tasks so we'd have more time for other things.
He was unemployed and looking for work and we were employed and looking for less.
I'll tell you one thing that people - any people - are good for. Call Centre phone operators. I phoned my bank yesterday and the amount of key pressing and voice recognition I had to go through to get to a real person who could do what I wanted, was unreal. By the time I got to a real person I was ready to change banks, but I don't think that would have helped - they're all the same.....
Sometimes Asterisk (star) or hash works...not often. My employer's callcentre menu designers put in an (unprompted) option of 7 for us to bypass the menus if we are out in the field and need to use the callcentre as a switchboard to get thru to someone. Very good thinking, that. So try anything that's not in the prompts!
Who has lost their job to technology? You have to go back to loom workers losing their jobs to textile mills. The current unemployment is not technology related. The tech booms of the 80's and 90's created more jobs than were lost. Technology enables us to do things we are not otherwise able to do. Try chopping down a tree with your bare hands. The current bottleneck on the ladder to success is caused by pushing from the bottom when we should be pulling from the top. We keep worrying about what is going to happen to our least skilled workers when we should questioning whether our most skilled workers are working up to their potential. Our highest skilled workers are the ones who will create new industries and more jobs at all levels of employment.
There is not an iota of original thought anywhere in this blog and it does EE Times no credit at all to insert these page fillers. The problem of America today is far too many of these unemployable English majors allowed to speak on Technology ( or for that matter almost anything else ) and being taken seriously.