Automation: See old dog, new tricks
When you hear “automation” do you imagine robots from Hollywood sci-fi movies? You don’t know what you don’t know.
4M jobs got automated and that’s one of the reasons the current administration was voted in to “drain the swamp,” however Americans weren’t expecting it to be filled with toxic sewage.
Automation is not so futuristic, it’s already here in 2019. Spit game: “You can now buy a Tesla in under one minute on your phone.” Tesla is strategically closing its dealerships and moving to online sales. This is automation in effect.
Wal-Mart already automates their bar-code scanners. For now, the local Safeway grocery store accomplishes stock with a half dozen manual labor in the midnight hours, you think that’s going to be sustainable? It was reported Amazon has 45,000 robots. Prime, though. And that’s national — go East and you’ll hear about Tencent or JD with their automated warehouses serving the 1.4B population that wants, nay, demands their packages be delivered today, not in two days.
A couple weeks ago, I saw another example of automation before my very eyes. I was in Concord’s Home Depot, and there were no more cashiers! It took me about 2 seconds to figure out the wireless barcode scanner that Tonya used to use as a cashier.
The #1 most common job in America is a truck driver, Caucasian male in his late 50s, high school education, making $45,000/year. Salespersons and cashiers, 2nd and 3rd. What percentage of the 327 million Americans do you think that is? A lot.
Self-driving trucks are coming to freeways in the next couple years, the news already started hitting news back in 2015. In some states, like Arizona, “Optimus Prime” is already in effect — doesn’t talk in a deep baritone voice or transform, though. The government doesn’t have the answers — the policymakers, who are incapable of email attachments themselves, try to sell Americans on trendy catchphrases like, “we’ll train these 8 million near-retirement truck drivers to be coders and software engineers.” See: old dog, new tricks.
Game recognize game: There’s only one Presidential Candidate dealing with automation as a primary policy (one of over seventy) and laid out in full detail, a humanity-first solution — Andrew Yang 2020. Also, that $1,000/month Freedom Dividend. Americans, unified as shareholders of our country…billionaire capitalists, such as those in technology, will help pay for the dividend with a consumption tax. If it costs $3T to pay for this, and our economy is churning at an all time high with $10T annually, this can be done. As the meme goes, the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian Man that’s good at math.
Folks, if you’re listening to your preferred candidates, tenured politicians for decades, speaking jive like they’re trying to time travel backwards to 1985, but using 2019s trendy catchphrases, please consider their solutions for the future, not the past, that’s their past, their legacy. For they are certainly part of how we got here. If they attack the current President, they’re disqualified from the race for sure. Complaining is not a solution. Our country remains in stagnation in this distracted gerrymandering political warfare, pointing fingers, and blaming the other party — it sure does ensure they keep their own job. Make America Think Harder. It’s not left or right, it’s forward.