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Comment: Nowhere To Go (Score 1) 288

by pipingguy (#49518693) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers
When automation replaced (some) manual labor there was employee flight to so-called white collar jobs (of which many were, and still are of dubious value). Now that the previously exclusive domain of humans, "thinking" (even if limited) is being performed by machines, there's nowhere left to go for us sentient meatbags mostly made of water. Unless people 'create their own jobs', and not many have the ability to do that.

Comment: Re:Long View (Score 1) 482

by pipingguy (#49486679) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
"Compensation has been commensurate to your skills for hundreds of years. It may suck for the unskilled, but that's what works."

More and more skills, knowledge and ability is being built into software (e.g., multiple subject matter experts consult with developer for new software release which ends up quite good but inflexible). This reduces/eliminates the need for entry-level tasks, so it becomes more difficult to enter the field. Eventually an advanced degree will be required just to click buttons.

Comment: Re:Classic postmodern stupid (Score 1) 364

by pipingguy (#49471657) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
...there's a crapton of accumulated skills and techniques - mostly forgotten to the bulk of civilization - involved in building things...

And there are very many "professionals" "working" today who would be completely lost without computers - task automation covers up a LOT of incompetence and encourages fraudulent claims of capabilities.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.