• @[email protected]
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    136 months ago

    Remember folks, most jobs are lost due to automation like this. These robots won’t be paying taxes or simulating the economy.

    • @[email protected]
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      316 months ago

      Yeah bring back telephone operators too while we’re at it! No one should ever lose a job! Jobs are a person’s whole life and they should get to do it even if something else could do it better!

      /s

      • verdare [he/him]
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        It’s tiring when automation is repeatedly blamed for the failures of capitalism. Yes, this might take away jobs. That should be a good thing. It’s only a problem because our economic system doesn’t value human life and only values human labor.

    • @AdminWorker
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      Economics say that technological advances hurt those displaced for a short period of time but the entire rest of the economy improves and the displaced people are smart enough to find other jobs in the new economy with higher standard of living…

      Unless the value created never makes it back to the economy…

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        Basically, this argument is “yes the rich get richer, but the poor also appear better off so it’s actually a good thing.” Of course, it’s confusing a correlation with a causation.

        The reason the poor are better off isn’t because the rich got richer – it is because society stepped in, insisted on pro-social policies to lift up the poor like public schools, minimum wage, social safety nets, worker rights, equal protection under the law, and all manner of things.

        The Luddites have over and over again been proved right by history. When machines take over, the machine owners benefit and the workers are hurt. When the workers are being crushed under heel, they are more likely to show solidarity and form social movements that force society to give back more, and thus they are lifted up. The idea that the automation itself is CAUSING that lifting up is a fallacy of broken windows.

        It’s flatly obnoxious that anyone is claiming that the rich are the reason the workers are better off when really the WORKERS are why the workers are better off and the rich are, at best, neutral bystanders except when they directly block the path of progress.

        The argument in favor of the creative destruction of capitalism is used to thought-kill anyone advocating for social reform. Workers speak out that they are being hurt by a new technology and need support and instead of hearing the pain and considering what support would be fair, they’re instead painted as being anti-progress and told they should just lay down and get run over because the overall economy will still be fine in the end (and who cares if a few people are flattened in the process).

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          66 months ago

          Stopping tech from taking jobs just doesn’t make any sense. If we did have the perfect economic system, having that tech would lower the overall amount of work that needs to be done. That is a good thing. We should fight for fair labor practices, but fighting to keep labor itself around is the wrong idea. Why keep useless jobs around? Just to keep people employed?

          • admiralteal
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            36 months ago

            Right, that is the exact straw-man argument I was referring to.

            • @[email protected]
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              How exactly is that a strawman argument? You act like technology does nothing for us. I agree that fighting for higher wages and other protections also makes things better. I don’t understand why any of this makes the luddites right. Tech literally does work for us. You say tech makes people appear richer but it really only hurts us. What about medicine? What about the learning we can do through the Internet? What about the million other things that we can do that our ancestors couldn’t?

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                Nowhere, not once, did I say we should stop tech from taking jobs. I didn’t even imply that outcome. I would even say I directly contradicted that. Yet you introduced it as the easy-to-dunk-on premise and then proceeded to dunk on it.

                It’s a textbook strawman. Not only that, but it is the exact one I referenced in my post, so I guess I’ll just copy and paste:

                Workers speak out that they are being hurt by a new technology and need support and instead of hearing the pain and considering what support would be fair, they’re instead painted as being anti-progress and told they should just lay down and get run over because the overall economy will still be fine in the end (and who cares if a few people are flattened in the process).

        • @[email protected]
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          76 months ago

          I once wrote some software that replaced almost an entire accounting department. No bonuses were paid, no salaries increased for the few remaining people, it just went into the shareholders pockets. The company was already very profitable before this.

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      Just think of all the horse trainers that will be displaced by the invention of cars! Those cars won’t be paying taxes, that’s for sure.

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        56 months ago

        Cars aren’t automation, but you already know that. And despite what Elon says, they still require a driver to be operated (although that will probably change soon and remove 15% of jobs in the process). I’m not saying all advances in technology are bad. But things that will replace entire workforces, like how this will replace ground crews, have a negative affect.

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          Cars absolutely are automation. They put stable workers out of jobs. No more horses to feed, no more stalls to much out. A single gas station attendant can serve hundreds of cars a week. Entire workforces were replaced with the adoption of cars.

          Stopping automation is not the solution. Universal Basic Income is the solution.

        • Dr Cog
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          It won’t replace entire ground crews, because the machines will break down. You’ll need someone to service them, and a small team to act in case there are no backups.

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          We’ll have self-driving cars in the next decade.

          Disregard that this has been true for over a generation.

          By the time self-driving cars are a thing available to the average person, we need to have already fundamentally changed our urban design to one that doesn’t put the car at the center. For reasons of city financial sustainability, for environmental reasons, and for general “multi-modal cities are better to live in for nearly everyone” reasons. The cool thing is, the more changes like these we make, the easier and safer it will be to design self-driving cars. Safer roads are safer for everyone, even robots.