Robots and computers are taking away our jobs. We’ve seen it coming for a long time, but we’ve done nothing about it but try to make better robots to take our jobs faster. Why? BECAUSE WE CAN!
Will we regret it? For a while it will be bad. And then we will get plugged into the simulation while our bodies are used for battery power. It won’t really matter after that. It will sting for a while. WE’LL GET OVER IT! Studies show that we are happiest at work. Even when we don’t like the work. But those studies don’t fit the narrative. So we keep making the robots.
You’d think learning that work trumps leisure would be bad news for Netflix, who are banking that we are happiest watching television. BUT IT ISN’T! WE WATCH TV ANYWAY! BECAUSE THE SHOWS ARE SO GOOD!
And we make robots and algorithms that do things better than we do. BECAUSE WE CAN!
Some jobs will go away faster than others. The latest list is out. Are you on it?
There are some we’ve seen coming for a while, like farmers and truck drivers. And some, like fast food cooks, that we’ve covered in earlier articles.
But there are a few surprises too!
Will your job be eliminated as a job of the future?
Highlights from the Big List include Law
yers, IT guys, Doctors, Furniture makers/repair-people, Accountants, Referees, Financial Advisors and Detectives are all going the way of the Passenger Pigeon.
Let’s explore these a bit further.
Lawyers: Any algorithm worth it’s salt can learn a bunch of legalese and bill insane amounts for each piece of paper they print. They’ll learn to ask if the guy ordered the Code Red as well as Tom Cruise can. But I don’t know if they’ll do as well as Keanu Reeves. He had an innate gift for picking juries that may be beyond the capability for a robot.
IT Guys: This may sound odd, at first. But you don’t really think computers will keep letting us tinker with them, do you?
Doctors: Any algorithm can prescribe drugs. Whatever.
Furniture Makers: We know robots can make furniture better than we can. They complain less about dust and chemicals. And nobody fixes anything anymore. YOU JUST THROW IT AWAY AND GET A NEW ONE!
Accountants: In the future, governments will have more advanced ways to bleed us dry.
Referees: Robots can easily learn to enforce the rules of kids games that adults play. There’s no way for them to get corrupted. And no one argues with them!
Financial Advisors: 99% of financial advisors can’t beat a monkey throwing darts, or the index. The index charges less fees. It’s probably more expensive to own the monkey. It needs and enclusure and lots of bananas, which are cheap, but still add up. And algorithms already have rigged the game, anyway.
Detectives: Dude, there will be so many cameras watching everything you do, there’s no point in even trying to get away with anything.
And eventually, robots and computers will be making all the Netflix shows too! Then we can all kick back, relax and live the dream!