I have been working as a CNC machine operator since I was 16. I have been a CNC machine operator since I was 16.
I had always assumed that it was a natural progression to the tech field to be the one to create all of the cool robots, but now I’m starting to wonder if process technology jobs are a natural progression. The way things are going, most of the jobs in the tech field are probably going to be automated.
I have to admit that I’m not really sure how I feel about that. Sure, you get to build robots. But at what cost? And will they be made in the US and exported to the rest of the world? I was initially attracted to the idea of creating jobs at the expense of the jobs that were going to be automated, but now I’ve come to realize that this is not necessarily a good thing.
In the tech field, there is a lot of automation going on, and it’s been going on for years, but it has been happening at a slower pace because it is happening at the expense of actual employment. Now as we’ve seen with the automation of grocery stores, the cost of this is going down, but at the same time the cost of the labor is going up.
That sounds like a good thing, but the truth is that the only way to keep up with the rate at which automation happens is to create more jobs. In fact, there are very few places where they can all be automated, so the only way to have even a minimal amount of jobs is to create more jobs. The reason there are so few jobs available is because most jobs need to be done in specialized areas.
Jobs that can be automated usually involve the use of complex technology, which makes them expensive. However, they have to be done by a human, so the cost of automation is less than the cost of the machine. Automating the act of filling out grocery store forms is one thing; automating the actual job of filling out the forms is another.
The former is good, the latter is bad, as is the idea that any job that requires complicated technology for the customer to work with should be automated. Automating the act of filling out grocery store forms is one thing automation the actual job of filling out the forms is another.
It is a bad idea to automate the act of filling out grocery store forms, because filling out forms isn’t something our human brains are wired for. In fact, our brains are wired for the opposite. We do a pretty good job at filling out forms, so it’s not a big deal. But filling out forms is a job that requires complex technology to be done, and automation could very well make that job even harder.
If you don’t want to fill out grocery store forms, don’t buy your groceries online. But what if you do? You’ll still have to pick up your paper and fill out the same forms again and again at checkout. Of course, grocery stores are going to cut their prices to compete with online retailers, so this won’t happen. But I’m not sure if it’s worth it.
In general, I think automation is a good thing, but I think it’s going to have to be done in a way that makes people’s jobs easier. So lets focus on software and technology.