Two points. Amazon needed SLC as a strategic shipping point. They would've
moved here without Herbert & Co. throwing Utah taxpayer dollars at one of
the world's richest companies. 2nd. Amazon employees are not Union.
They will continue to find ways to replace humans with robots. They have an
entire department dedicated to robotics.
This is good and bad. Technological advances are pretty exciting and needed.
But, it is going to replace most of the people in our country who are unskilled
including all the immigrants coming to our country across the border. They will
come to jobs which one day will be automated from fast food jobs to farm
operations, and many other things they do. This will leave more people in our
country in poverty and homelessness or push more this direction.
Robots are the wave of the future with many jobs. This is why importing lots of
unskilled people into our country is a concern as many of the jobs they have
been coming to will eventually be replaced with automation. Sad reality.
i predicted this when Seattle raised it's minimum wage from $10.00
to $15.00 per hour over 3 years. Mcdonalds now has kiosks to
order your food without a human.
Avid science fiction fans of the 50s and 60s, knew this day would arrive, when
robots began to replace human beings as workers. The frightening reality that
is occurring is that as robots take over jobs that humans used to do, the
benefits of robotic productivity doesn't necessarily go back to the
consumer in much lower prices but to compete in a competitive marketplace where
investors search for the fine balance between profits and costs. It is assumed
that much of the lowered cost of production over the long run goes back to the
owners of the corporations who own the robots while the human laborers receives
lower pay as most of the worker human beings aren't as necessary anymore
and their health insurance and retirement pensions are too expensive to compete
in the private market. Perhaps, it's time for our government to consider
putting a head tax on robots so that the taxpayer and those whose jobs are
replaced can also participate in the great technological revolution instead of
just the corporations and bankers.
Ironically, whenever a union bargains for higher wages, more robots are