Will automation take away all our jobs? | David Autor

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Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.

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  1. Yes…. Yes it will. They "the elites" won't have a "need" for us excess ppl anymore after they have machines to go their dirty work….then they can thin the population to under 500,000,000….like they have told us via the Georgia guidestones.

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  4. I don't think that the US Secretary of Labor James J. Davis was against automatisation. He was just saying that the evolution of the industry was inevitable but we have to create a plan to help those affected by the job loss that the technology will force upon them. So basically he was saying the same thing as this guy on the TED talk: yes there will be job losses but there will be other jobs created. But we can't just let it to the faith and hope that those who will loose their jobs will take the new jobs. There must be some plan of protection of these workers. Through education, to pay them for a certain period of time while they master other skills, I don't know… But something must be done that's for sure.
    Source:
    http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com/2016/03/automation-and-job-loss-fears-of-1927.html

  5. Estoy viendo esta wea por mi profe de filosofía, si alguno de los cabros ve esto, subanlo a si historia. pd: las clases online valen tula. ♥

  6. A quien mas mandaron de filosofia este video re kl que esta en ingles y mas fome que la ctm #PorElPicoPiñera

  7. Stopped watching at 8:41 – His comparison between average wage in 1915 v.s. today is not that simple & people don’t “chose to work 17 hours a week” today NOT because they’re motivated to work hard but because they actually can’t afford to sustain themselves & work that little in 2020.

  8. This decade is the age of automation. After this whole Corona Virus exposed the weaknesses from people to companies especially in the Service Industry as the target to have automated in place to prevent lost of money.

  9. before 10s, i never imagine jobs like youtuber could be full-time job. and who draw their thumbnail image too.

  10. take away jobs? it's actually creating jobs.

    Automation like RPA doesn't save costs, it's only for you to hire a bunch of developers from the RPA company to customize it which actually costs more than hiring your own developers.

  11. TECHNOLOGICAL UNEMPLOYMENT WILL CAUSE THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL CRISIS THE HUMAN RACE WILL EVER SEE!! if we learn anything from this experience it will be that we MUST end the labour for INCOME system…. or die…

  12. I would say some will completely be devoured by it and some will get affected to the point where opportunities for regular people are slim.

    In the end, it makes it even more competitive because you're up against other people and machines.

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  15. I think this guy is overlooking the fact that today the proliferation of capitalistic tendencies (everyone trying to get a piece of the pie and trying to "make it") there are so many people being seduced to invest to create a company that there are a vast amount of companies creating more jobs than 125 years ago.
    Eventually the point of failure will be reached: Or most people that have invested will lose their capital and becomo proletarians because of inability to sell on a saturated market or Some companies will become so successful that they will drive out of biz the smaller ones, causing the same results.

  16. This guy didn’t need to walk on that stage that day. AI will leave everyone jobless everyone knows the truth

  17. The future will end up as human frolicking in virtual reality as self-replicating AI does all the dirty. What many people don't see is that the Earth is slowly but surely turning itself into a giant computer.

  18. What will happen to the 3.5 million truck drivers?
    Retail clerks?
    food industry already has robots that make food more efficiently and is more sanitary, robots can carry food to the right tables with little to no issues
    lawyer desk work that can be automated and is cheaper?

    time to become a plumber

  19. His logic is flawed nonsense…if new tech takes jobs every industry drastic dropped workforce in every industry increased efficiency production profits for owners but profits drop no jobs no buy sell lack of money and work human factor removed no customer. Business owners rich and wealthy only ones left to buy then only if from each other…if not everybody broke. Absolute no business exist to produce because got no customers to buy no profit no operate continuous automation. This is business economic career suicide….result 0.

  20. If AI take most of are jobs then will rent be free ? How strick will be AI's security from driving a car or walking down the street ? If humans don't work anymore how will businesses profit ? And what will be the laws of owning a Robot will they work for people or will the elite only have them work for them in there companies only? How will this all work out. Theses are serious questions that needs to be addressed, because you guys can be creating a monster or opening up pandoras box. I don't think its a good idea at all.

  21. Machines will do everything better.It is all a matter of time.Humans will be like hose cats.

  22. Tractors replaced horses and reduced their US population by more than 95%.
    AI will replace humans and reduce their population by -? %
    The elite need to sell this. Wait fòr a ne w social construction to "look on the bright side" while euthenising the redundant. Opiates maybe

  23. Economists will be one of first people to be replaced by AI. This is clear because AI can deal with data much better than economists.

  24. There will come a time where artificial intelligence will diagnose and find the cure to all human diseases. Including all types of cancers. Unfortunately the market capitalist economy won’t allow that to happen. Because we all know disease medical research and the medical industry itself is a for profit business. And a cure to all those diseases will destroy a huge significant part of the US economy and put a lot of people in that industry out of work

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