Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years

robot-jobsBy Mac Slavo

There is a paradigm shift coming and it is about to rewrite everything we know about economics, human labor, and government dependence.

Earlier this week Amazon launched its first Amazon Go store, which allows a customer to walk in, grab the items they want, and simply walk out. Everything is tracked utilizing RFID chips, so the second you step out of the store Amazon knows exactly what you’ve purchased and automatically charges your account:

Amazon Go is a system that marries physical stores with advanced algorithms and sensors to eliminate the need for a typical store checkout. Instead of packing all the things you need into a basket or cart and then dragged [sic] it through a tedious checkout process, you just grab whatever you need and walk out of the store.

It sounds like a shaky concept at first, but only until you see just how advanced the technology really is. When you first walk into the store, you use your smartphone to open you virtual shopping cart. As you make your way around the store, a vast system of sensor tracks where you are, what you pick up, and what you take with you. The system even knows if you pick something up and then put it back, and will only charge you for things you actually intended to buy.

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Amazon’s latest move is simply the next evolution designed to make human labor obsolete.

As Mish Shedlock recently pointed out at Mish Talk, the transition to automated systems like Amazon Go, as well as technologies like self-driving cars and long-haul trucks, has been fast tracked.

We’re no longer talking decades but, rather, a few years before we start to see the direct effects on the labor market:

Once again competition is the driving force that will guarantee success no later than a 2022-2024 time frame. By the end of that period, if not much sooner, long-haul truck jobs will vanish.

Perhaps drivers will be needed for final delivery in cities and remote locations, but the need for long-haul interstate and major state highway drivers will vanish.

My statement that “millions of long haul truck driving jobs will vanish in the 2022-2024 time frame” is likely way off on the low side if one counts Uber, taxi, and chauffeur driven vehicles.

Take a look at Uber’s goal once again: “replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”

That’s just Uber. And those jobs will vanish. All of them. What about Lyft? Taxis?

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We’re talking tens of millions of jobs. And they’ll be gone within half a decade’s time.

The immediate response to such revelations is that there will be widespread societal upheaval.

How will displaced human workers feed their families or keep roofs over their heads?

The answer, according to Silicon Valley, which is driving the new paradigm full force, is quite simple and has been detailed in the highly rated documentary Obsolete from Aaron and Melissa Dykes (available free for Amazon Prime subscribers).

It’s called “universal basic income,” or UBI, and essentially means that every member of society will be given a paycheck to meet their most basic needs.

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Aaron Dykes of TruthStream Media explains what’s coming in Obsolete:

Basically, a general idleness, an aimlessness of people who could become revolutionary, who could be subjected to civil unrest… who will probably be on social welfare and benefits for the rest of their lives and have nothing else to look forward to.

That’s the direction that the people in this country are actually headed towards.

Just a week and a half after Bilderberg’s June 2016 meeting it was reported that [Silicon Valley tech startup incubator] Y-Combinator was running a basic income experiment.

Billed as the “Social Vaccine of the 21st Century,” in Oakland, California where some 100 families were chosen to receive $1000 or $2000 a month in order to collect valuable date in the pilot on how to implement, manage and scale further UBI incentives.

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The trend should be clear. Bilderberg members from around the world are preparing their governments and citizens for the inevitable.

Robotics and artificial intelligence technology are advancing at a pace that will soon replace tens of millions of jobs in key economic sectors that include food service, grocery, transportation and customer service.

What the end result will be is anyone’s guess, but we suspect the transition could destabilize the global economic system, complete with violence and revolution.

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2 Comments on "Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years"

  1. “Once again competition is the driving force that will guarantee success no later than a 2022-2024 time frame. By the end of that period, if not much sooner, long-haul truck jobs will vanish.
    Perhaps drivers will be needed for final delivery in cities and remote locations, but the need for long-haul interstate and major state highway drivers will vanish.”

    That’s nothing but an empty promise, threat or hogwash – take your pick. Nobody alive today will witness any big rigs mixing it up with mom and pop running down I-5 anytime soon. Reason number 1 will be that those highways were built with taxpayer money and the taxpayers aren’t in any mood to let any driverless big rigs fly down the road without those all important drivers. While I’m sure there will be private roadways constructed by businesses that want to have their driverless trucks run between warehouse number 1 and warehouse number 99 let’s say, the motoring public would have no issues with that. But if you think they’ll put up with hundreds of thousands of driverless big rigs clogging up THEIR highways and freeways when that space is at a premium now, I have a bridge or two I’d like to sell to you. The only thing we’ll be hearing about these driverless big rigs will be when ever the Teamsters or some other driver equipped company wants to negotiate their new labor contract. They’ll do like the grocery companies do and threaten their employees with layoffs, fewer hours, etc etc if they don’t settle for less all because Walmart (or whomever) pays their employees less than that other business. But you’re more likely to see a unicorn flying down the freeways as opposed to any driverless big rigs mixing it up in traffic up and down I-5 anytime soon. Not because of any technology shortcomings. But because the paying public (once they understand what’s really going on) won’t put up with it. And who could blame them??

  2. Sorry but you cannot possibly tax the owners of the robots enough to sustain the rest of the population, so there goes your basic income/welfare idea. Also, there is the little problem of $60 TRILLION IN GLOBAL DEBT that will be pretty tough to pay back (with interest) if workers aren’t producing and earning more than they did in the past. Do you think the bankers and their puppet politicians will just forgive all the debt, or perhaps use it to force some sort of austerity measures?

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