Have you seen the video from Amazon’s soon-to-be cash registerless grocery store in Seattle? If you’ve ever worked on-the-floor at any retail establishment anywhere this is a shot across your bow! What you thought could only be done by a person can now be done by a machine.
We have a problem in America and across much of the industrialized world. We’re about to have a lot more people than jobs! The removal of humans from retail is the latest in a series technological advancements aimed at cutting costs and kvetching. Eliminating anyone who gets paid to hold a steering wheel is next.
We expected the benefits of automation to be spread among society. Instead, as business has become more efficient all the benefit has stayed with them.
We are not that many years away from a crisis. Jobs are about to disappear. Our entire society is based on individuals earning money for working.
We probably have enough wealth in our country to make things better, but not the way it’s distributed now.
This is the most important problem facing America today. Absolutely.