One interesting factor in our troubles with unemployment revolves around jobs lost to automation.
Consider the i-phone. Almost every integrated app on an iphone or droid represents jobs that no longer exist in the economy. Consider the amazon kindle...every kindle sold represents hundreds and possibly, over time, thousands, of print versions of books that won't be sold, along with bookstores that won't be opened, printing presses that will sit idle, trucks that no longer transport books to stores, and employees who no longer have jobs in any of those areas.
The U.S. economy is changing due to technology. Some jobs have been lost and won't be replaced...ever.
Beyond that, american workers in a variety of fields face competition not just from other American workers, but from overseas workers. Consider the guy who hired a chinese company to write code for him, while drawing a salary from his company, and pocketing the substantial difference.
Neither political party is responsible for those job losses, and it is going to become increasingly difficult for us to replace those jobs, as a nation. We need to be funding retraining of workers whose jobs have been displaced by technology so they can shift to fields with labor demand, imo.
Exactly. I used to check in with a desk agent at the delta counter when I flew and then check my baggage with another person. Now, I check in via phone, go straight to security, and don't ever check a bag. HOw many others are like me, do you think?
Personally, I think it's a trend that we aren't going to be able to change.
I read yesterday that Oracle purchased another company this week that will shore up their ability to integrate functions. Ultimately, almost everything we do will be integrated into the internet...phone service, controlling the temperature at your house, etc.
Post by plotthickens on Feb 7, 2013 9:58:13 GMT -5
What, really, do we need jobs for?
Bennies, money, and feeling useful.
Bennies are a big one. Many people are working really hard in the US now because they need the bennies that only full-time work brings. When everyone gets health care, this will reduce the crushing weight of jobs lost to automation... some. Mandated parental leave and more standard vacation weeks (the US' world standing on these is fucking dismal) will also help a little.
But ultimately, we're going to do just like President Kennedy wanted: reduce the full-time workweek from 40 hours to 38 or less. The pie of availiable work is a finite pie and getting smaller all the time. So either we cut everyone smaller slices or some starve.
Smaller slices seems to be working very, very well elsewhere.
Talking to a live body, when a computer program is sufficient, is a waste of life.
Just like digging a hole with your hands is waste, when shovels are available.
There is always pain as displaced workers adapt, but automation massively increases the net economic pie. It's why we're all able to live well in comparison to almost every prior generation.
It's a problem for the displaced workers who aren't adapting, because some seem to believe their jobs are coming back, and they aren't. We need more options to assist displaced workers with retraining and/or relocating to available employment, if we want to reduce unemployment.
plasmaball: Yes a woman's Orgasm is like trying to spot the wild snow leopard. You must wait weeks upon maybe months and if you are lucky you might spot a small puddle from this cunning creature called the orgasm. its more like sometimes you have to fake it because
Feb 7, 2013 12:05:17 GMT -5
plasmaball: we find you boring.
Feb 7, 2013 12:05:22 GMT -5
LadyGunSlinger: Your psychobabble is just that and shows you don't know shit about a woman's body.
Feb 7, 2013 12:27:10 GMT -5
plasmaball: sigh sarcasm is lost on the stupid. dear the womans body is not a rubix cube.
Feb 7, 2013 12:37:53 GMT -5
LadyGunSlinger: As if I am suppose to be able to discern your attitude over the interwebz??
Feb 7, 2013 12:44:55 GMT -5