How is it affecting people?
It is a fact that people have lost jobs to automation. But, the rate at which jobs are leaving the workforce is accelerating. Martin Ford, a writer for the Wired.com explains, “It’s not just about lower-skilled jobs either. People with college degrees, even professional degrees, people like lawyers are doing things that ultimately are predictable. A lot of those jobs are going to be susceptible over time.” We have yet to see how automation will affect jobs. In the future a lot more jobs will be automated and it will cost the jobs of the people currently working the positions. Aside from the jobs, it also costs the economy a lot. According to David Ignatius, a writer for the Washington Post, “The “automation bomb” could destroy 45 percent of the work activities currently performed in the United States, representing about $2 trillion in annual wages.” Two trillion dollars in income is a lot of jobs lost. The next step is to figure out how to help yourself.
What can you do to save yourself from automation.
Once the job is being automated, there is no way to get it back. But, you can still assist the machine. In an article by Meredith Placko called, How to stop robots from taking your job, he explains, “You still need humans to interpret that data in a meaningful way that is relevant to the business at hand, such as what exactly does it mean when you lose 30% of your sales in the first quarter? Was it due to misused advertising? Bad branding? A machine can’t write a great campaign or tell you how best to run your social media for your company, not yet anyway.” Machines can only do so much, as long as you can assist the robot in what it is doing. The job that you have is fine. Many jobs, however, are not going to have the robot assistant type jobs. Some people are starting to to look towards putting regulations on automation to keep their job safe. Ryan Feit, from fortune.com explains, “If history is any indication, some will push for protectionism, shielding certain jobs in order to preserve employment levels in the short-term.” It is possible for the government to put regulations on the jobs that are being taken so that automation does not get taken out of hand.