Resistance is futile: 14 jobs that are quickly being replaced by robots

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  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    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?"

  • Jerome from Layton Layton, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    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.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    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.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    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 learning.

  • rockmorg Jerome, ID
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    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!

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    re: There You Go Again

    So, Shakespeare was right? First thing, we do...

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    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.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    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.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    Those guys in Los Algodones still know how to fill a prescription fast, with a personal touch.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    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!?