In Danger Of Losing Work In The Droid-Filled Future Analysis

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Who’s in danger of losing work in the droid-filled future? What might this mean for university education? For example, what, as a result, might curricula prioritize?

McAfee says that anyone who does a job where they follow instruction and respectively do the same actions, are at a high risk of losing their jobs to technological innovations. This appears to be accurate for many occupations that have already all but disappeared, such as the payroll clerk, another example, and another example. In the future, as McAfee pointed out, over 3 million truck drivers are at risk of losing their jobs to self driving vehicles. However, I disagree that all repetitive jobs are at risk of being replaced by technology because humans value interaction with
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If Voltaire had it right that “works saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need” then we could be in big trouble. So, in response, humanity will need to find ways to fill its available time in meaningful ways because if it does not there will be adverse effects of our society. Much of societal ills, such as drug abuse, theft, graffiti, etc occurs because people are not working. Not having a job is emasculating, especially at the time of Voltaire, but people will always need to feel that they are needed, productive, or serve some purpose. Unfortunately, as people have more time and are bored, they could choose to fill that time with vices. The future could have increases in alcohol, drugs, and other vices as people find ways to eliminate their boredom by indulging it whatever feels good to them. This could in turn lead to more family issues, even less productive workers, and an overall less appealing society. Finally, Voltaire also mentions “need” as being prevented by work. This was definitely true for most people at the time of Voltaire. We now have social programs and aid that provide basic needs for most, even if they are not employed. There are programs to provide housing, food stamps for food, and so forth. However, our society now also has needs that are, not truly necessary. I have seen this change in just my life, when I was younger, relatively few children had their own smartphone, and today it seems that everyone, even the very young considers it an essential need. We need to be creative in the way we respond to the massive job loss caused by technology to ensure that people still have purpose. McAfee sees the potential for a utopian future. He states that the job loss does not make humans irrelevant, but could free their time to do better things using digital
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