manboynyc saidThis paradigm is as old as human existence. Seriously - adapt, and get used to it. The medical industry is still exploding - all over - because they need people to work the machines, etc.
Just not true. Large scale replacement of human labor by machines only began about 250 years ago in England and America with the invention of the steam engine and water loom, beginning a process of technological change that is only accelerating further with the development of "super robots" and artificially intelligent digital technologies that are further eliminating white and blue collar jobs alike.
Now, robots with fine motor skills can assemble even the most delicate machinery, like wristwatches, and almost fully staff retail distribution warehouses that used to employ hundreds of workers driving fork lifts, stocking shelves and packing shipping boxes. And in office work, mobile tech has decimated the ranks of mid-level paper processing jobs in data entry, payroll, logistics etc. Even in medicine, AI programs are reading X rays, diagnosing diseases and automating complex databases that used to employ thousands of trained white collar professionals.
The very nature of work is changing so quickly that not even the best minds in economics, business or government can fully keep up. But one thing is certain-- despite great increases in productivity and lower consumer costs resulting from all of this, there will simply be less high paid work for future generations, and more income inequality.
Not much to chillax about.