Federico Guerrini's Automation And Jobs For People

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There is an issue looming on the horizon. Possibilities of large unemployment caused by technology in the future seems more real than ever. The progress and advancements in technology have been taking more jobs in blue-collar sectors and it predictions say they will take even more jobs relatively soon. Federico Guerrini’s article in Forbes’ magazine reports that estimates show 2025 is when self-driving automated trucks will be series-produced. Once this happens, truck drivers will begin to quickly lose their jobs [1]. Companies will want to buy these trucks with self-driving technology because it will make them more money. Corporations will not have to pay salaries for drivers, will see more productivity as computers don’t need to stop to eat, …show more content…
In the essay “Automation and Jobs for People,” shows previous worries about automation killing jobs. In the mid-fifties there was a scare that introducing computers would take over clerical jobs such as record keeping and cause the loss of many office jobs. However, office jobs ended up increasing. The demand for people to perform tasks like data entry and other tasks that were not as feasible before computers created new jobs. There was also an increase in managerial jobs in the United States from 1980 to 2004 by around 80% [6]. This leads many to believe that automation may indeed take jobs, however, it also creates new jobs focusing on different, new, and/or higher skills. These new higher skilled jobs will also be higher paying, therefore anyone willing to adapt to the changes by learning new skills will find themselves with better jobs than the ones they lost [6]. The essay states “automation made good jobs a poignant memory for people who are unwilling to learn new skills or to adapt to a changing job market,” …show more content…
The idea of a Universal Basic Income, however, had started long before, originating during the Renaissance Era, 1516, in Thomas More’s “Utopia” [7]. Throughout the centuries many famous intellectuals like Thomas Paine and John Stuart Mill examined and expanded upon the idea. Modern day, we see the idea of a Universal Basic Income being endorsed by men like Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Space-X. The purpose of the Basic Income was to tackle poverty. Modern day, it is now becoming a more prevalent way to fix the current large income inequality and as a way to tackle the large upcoming inequality of the future. An idea that’s stayed true to its core reason after centuries, Universal Basic Incomes have a large history in theory, and now thanks to a huge problem on the horizon it is finally a feasible policy to pass in the near future. If we do not attempt this solution soon, however, or find a better one in the near future, Martin Ford predicts that we may, in fact, see an economic crash unlike any seen before [4]. An economic crash caused by severe inequality that could cause a “catastrophic implosion of the capitalist economy,” [4]. Ford, however, believes that this economic crash is necessary for the population and government to accept drastic changes to the economic and political system [4]. On this one point, though, Ford is wrong. The population and

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