Whatever analogue there is to the Industrial Revolution, workers do not play much of a role in it. It is interesting that to this point much of the displacement from computers has been in the mid-level jobs, like bookkeepers. These medium skill jobs that focus on rote but quantitive tasks are the easiest for a computer to do. Replacing workers doing relatively unskilled, manual tasks is actually more difficult. But the rubicon is being crossed. For example, Meyakawa Manufacturingis shipping robots that can debone chickens at the rate of 1,500 per hour, replacing ten human workers. As one commentator put it, “if you can do that, you can do most anything.”Will the Unemployed Really Find Jobs Making Robots?
Human beings are becoming expendable economically. What consequences will this have?