I was amazed when I read this story by ABC online. The story is suggesting that employees need to “resist the march” of the future of machines taking over our jobs. Why is it up to us, the employee, and not up to the government or big corporations to not use these machines? I always have a laugh when I go to my local K-Mart store and watch people using the self serve checkout all while their sons or daughters can’t find work. Another amusing situation is the fact they have an operator standing there while nobody is using the machines yet people are waiting at the checkout to be served by a real person. Apparently it is up to us, the current and future employees, to educate ourselves for the jobs of tomorrow. We can start by not using these self serve checkouts. This exert from the same story, “education is now about learning how to think”. I’m not sure how it’s done today but when I went through schooling I had to think.
According to ABC online Woodside petroleum has invested in and is using artificial intelligence (AI) to keep them competitive but it isn’t going to replace humans. Woodside are using a new innovation off the Kimberley coast which took away over half of the infrastructure needed to produce the same result. Are humans not needed to put this lost infrastructure in place? Rio Tinto now control their mine in the Pilbara from Perth using automation.
The future does not look rosey for our children or grandchildren if corporations are going to keep implementing automation into the workforce. The government aren’t going to do anything about it by putting laws in place that may restrict the use of automated machines. Instead they will put laws in place such as earn or learn which assist the training organisations to cash in. A good job for the future would be as a trainer or employment provider. Even becoming a politician is a possibility because no credentials, tickets or certificates needed for that job.
In addition the ex-investment banker and now premier of NSW Mike Baird according to ABC online has given away $190 million to a fund led by private corporations to create some 150,000 new jobs. Still nothing about actually creating jobs just an aim to create jobs so it will be interesting to see how many, if any jobs are created. How many small online businesses with $190 million could be set up for unemployed people on benefits to get a start. The only jobs created so far are for the private companies involved in the fund.