In the 1970’s, my father visited Puerto Vallarta while they were building
the Camino Real Hotel.He watched a foreman and about 30 to 40
workers digging away at a side of a hill and moving the dirt by a wheel barrel.
After about the 5th year in a roll, watching this, My dad went to
the foreman and suggested that he get a dump truck, and a skip loader and
suggested that more work can be done in a day with two men driving the machinery
than the 30- 40 workers can do in a month. The savings on labor
would more than enough to pay for the rental equipment.The foreman
answered, “Yes, I agree, but how will the workers feed their
family’s if they have no work?"
Technology has been changing things for a long time. Horses had a cool racket
until somebody invented the horse collar; then they had to put out real Horse
Power. Back in the 1920s, a match maker would mention that the lady was an
"all three" (filing, stenography, typing) which made her employable.
Microsoft and its competition wiped out that job and gave it to the rest of us.
When did the Deseret lose its typesetters? Their Union HQ is in Colorado
Springs, but I wonder what they do these days? OK, how do you know your job
could be mechanized? Is it hazardous? Nobody wants to deal with OSHA and the
insurance companies. Do you do the same thing a lot of time? That's a
"loop" that can be computerized. Is "looking up stuff" a big
part of the job? Can you say "Information Technology"? Pharmacy
Technicians have one of those jobs and getting it wrong kills people or just
messes up their lives. Over half of medical providers (Doctors, etc.) could be
replaced by Medical Technicians and machines except for the AMA, FDA, etc. who
jealously guard their part of the action. Expect changes here.
It would be better if much of the technology wasn't being produced by slave
labor overseas. It would be more expensive in the short run, but it would also
not be a cause of hundreds of millions of people being brutalized and in poverty
for the sake of business.
The talk of technology eliminating the middle class is silly. Technology
created the middle class. Go back a couple of hundred years and most people
were poor - working on farms 12+ hours per day to have enough to eat, a couple
of changes of clothes and a one or ywo room cabin. Today, most people can buy
a pair of pants for less than2 hrs of work. How many women spend hours every
day washing clothes and baking bread while their husbands and sons work the
land? No, we use robots to wash our clothes, bake our bread and do most of our
other chores. Even low income people work fewer hours and have more things than
people 200 years ago.Technology destroys some jobs and makes other
jobs that pay better. I would bet that a computer software programmer make much
more than a horse whip maker did. The problen with technology is that it is
hard on low skilled labor. The real lesson - work hard in school and never stop
Pharmacists will not be 'replaced' by automation/technology. Pharmacy
technicians, on the other hand, may be. Pharmacists will continue to work in
tandem with robots and advanced technology. A licensed pharmacist absolutely
has to be in a pharmacy for that pharmacy to dispense medications (at least in
the United States). If you were watching, this type of technological
advancement in pharmacy practice frees the pharmacist to perform clinical,
direct patient care. Which is why we receive a Doctor of Pharmacy professional
degree (PharmD).We need good technology that helps to eliminate
medication errors. The customer/patient that hounds the pharmacy/pharmacist for
a prescription in less than 20 minutes may be contributing to the creation of a
medication error. If robots can help in this department that is a good thing!
This is a foolish concern. If 90% of us lost jobs to a robot/computer and
couldn't pay the bills, there would be no market. Without an economic base
to stand on, such machines would have no purpose to serve. If low
production costs can produce a Surface Pro 2 and an iPod for $5, but we all
loose our jobs and no one can buy them, it's not as if the Earth will stop
spinning.I'm far more concerned about social decay than losing
a job to a computer. It's easier to put my hands to work than it is to
convince people to do the right thing when they love what's wrong.
re: There You Go AgainSo, Shakespeare was right? First thing, we
We have way too many lawyers...We have way too many lawyers acting
as journalists...Some can do...others become lawyers...Let automation take its toll on both groups...especially the latter.
For a somewhat dated, but still relevant, more sobering take on this, folks
should read the article "Why the future doesn't need us" by Bill
Joy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Many pharmacy schools now only award a PharmD degree which is often followed by
a specialty fellowship. Their role in health care is becoming more important and
does not involve in pill counting.
Early on, in the Fear Index by Robert Harris, it talks about how technology was
meant to replace mechanics, etc... instead its replacing stockbrokers,
pharmacists, etc...I'd rather have a human fix my car and a
"machine" fill my perscription.
Those guys in Los Algodones still know how to fill a prescription fast, with a
FWIW, I won't be too sad to see Pharmiscists replaced by robots. I mean,
does it really take 40 minutes to fill a prescription!?