Automation and the Workforce For Professor Zimmermann Technical Composition Instructor Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wisconsin By Callaghan T. Harden EN-132 Student February 10, 2015 Table of Contents Table of Figures i Abstract ii Introduction 1 What is Automation? 1 Benefits of Automation 1 The Disadvantage of Automation 1 Blue Collar Jobs 2 Transportation 2 Retail 2 Manufacturing 2 White Collar Jobs 3 Finance 3 Law 4 Science 4 The Problem 5 Conclusion 5 References 6 Table of Figures Figure 1: Google 's Self-Driving Car 2 Figure 2: Baxter, a General Purpose Robot 3 Figure 3: What Stock Trading Looks Like Today 4 Abstract Automation is rapidly changing society as we know it. Today many jobs are starting to be eliminated by automation. Two researchers at Oxford stated that about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk to automation (Frey and Osborne 1). In today’s society, workers around the world face narrowing job opportunities because of automation. Automation is affecting how various industries operate. Various industries are starting to use automated systems in place of human workers including transportation, manufacturing, retail, finance, law, and science. As more and more industries start to automate the size of the workforce will decrease dramatically, and society needs to find ways to adapt as industries automate.
In, “The Influencing Machine,” author Brooke Gladstone explains that the changing media does not change our brains if we do not let it. This goes against all the fears of technology thus far, essentially making us humans the artificial intelligence. Take, for instance, a schizophrenic. When they do not take
Right now self-driving cars and trucks are hitting the road and will soon be available to the general market . Major companies like Google, Tesla, Uber and Delphi are leading in autonomous cars industry. In the past few years, these companies have made great strides improving this technology. Addressing the concerns for this technology must be concluded before it reaches the general public. Given the current state of automobiles that don’t need drivers the American consumer needs to be mindful that moral decisions this technology is handling puts them at risk due to the fact that this is emerging technology, laws are being made that will shape this technology, and who is choosing who lives and who dies.
For the commercial or owner operator truck driver, technology can make life easier or harder. GPS and cell phones when used safely, have made life easier for truck drivers. However, other types of technology, often referred to as "disruptive," cause revolutionary changes that can spell the end to the way things are traditionally done. With 3D printing, it's not completely clear how it will impact the trucking industry in the long term. However, one thing is fairly clear, it won't make trucking obsolete or drastically disrupt it next year or even within the next ten years.
“Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear” article was written by New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty. The article basis was about the recent invention of the self driving car also known as the Tesla and how self driving trucks were starting to make an appearance in the self driving car industry because of the benefits it would have. Quoted in the article, “Trucking is a $700 billion industry that touches every corner of the economy. Trucks haul natural resources from mines to forests.” (Dougherty) Many more reasons are stated in the article about the vast use of trucks for transportation in the article. It also states the worldwide benefit of having self-driving trucks in the economy.
1950’s-2017 cars, trucks and army trucks. The army trucks was built in the 1950’s to help the army during World War II, It was invented to help the soldiers during their fights. In 1950 Autocar introduced its concept for custom engineering and they were promoted as being the World's Finest. Trucks were built to meet people's needs and requirements. In the 1970’s they invented the ambulance to help save people's lives faster and quicker on the way to the hospital. Now the vehicles in 2017 are not made as good as they were in the early years. They are made better now in 2017 than they were earlier in 1950.
Automation Now Compared to last century, workers in manufacturing jobs feel more threatened by automation than ever before. While the number of jobs eliminated by automation continues to increase, employers are also less willing to create jobs. In the article "Special report: Automation puts jobs in peril," Nathan Bomey, a business reporter for USA Today, explores the current position of manufacturing workers. In the article, Bomey explains how, "about 58% of CEOs plan to cut jobs over the next five years because of robotics, while 16% say they plan to hire more people because of robotics" (3). Only the United States Government has the power to create a solution to the quandary of workers affected by the switch to technology in the workforce.
The Truth about Self Driving Cars Dustin Wolff 912365150 email@example.com ECS 15, Fall Quarter, Professor Liu December 1st 2014 Dustin Wolff Professor Liu ECS 15 15 November 2014 Truth about Autonomous Cars Vehicles that drive themselves is a concept that is often thought about in futuristic movies or science fiction novels. Throughout, history mankind has been fascinated with robots and cars that could work without humans. Advanced technology is getting closer to making these futuristic ideas the real thing. Living in an advanced technological time would society be ready for this to happen and how far away is this from becoming a reality?
Are Self-Driving Cars a Necessity for Our Future? According to today's society, we can see a drastic change in technology today. Most Americans today tend to believe that self-driving cars are going to become very widespread over the next couple decades. The purpose of self-driving cars are to dramatically reduce traffic accidents; In other words, self-driving cars will be safer and more efficient than a normal car. For example, Psychologist Peter Hancock in his article titled, “Are Autonomous Cars Really Safer Than Human Drivers” asserts that over 90 percent of car crashes in the U.S. have been due to human error. ASIRT (Association for safe international road travel) has also calculated that, “Over 1.3 million people die every year from
Currently, “about 47 percent of the U.S. workforce is at risk of becoming obsolete due to automation” (Castellano 22). A workerless future is not as farfetched as it once was. With the rapid advancements of technology, robots have been more effective and efficient than ever. Posing a big problem within the nation, more and more companies are acquiring robots as they are more cost efficient than regular laborers. This has political leaders worrying about the potential detrimental effects it could have on the US economy. Since 2000, the number of manufacturing jobs has fallen by almost 5 million (Thompson 53). Which equates to a loss of 300,000 human manufacturing jobs each year. At this rate, millions of people could be unemployed by the year
Since the beginning of technology, people have been fantasizing the idea of flying cars. As time progressed, people began to think about a car that would do the driving for them. In society today, self-driving cars are actually being tested and some people own them. Cities have started to try
An issue that is increasingly relevant as human beings continue to progress into the future is the need to protect the environment with new sustainable, efficient innovation. Although the three other relevant courses also represented this theme is certain areas, the class that stood out was my critical thinking & writing II class. My final project was focused on researching and proposing radical and pioneering efforts in both the transportation industry and city design. The major theme that I decided to focus on as the backbone of my discussion was the prospect of self-driving cars and the several ways they would revolutionize our pursuit of sustainability. For one, computer-controlled cars would obviously be less prone to accidents, which limits wasted building material. They would also greatly decrease both the overall amount of traffic as well as the time that the average person spends on the road by eliminating human error from transportation. This would greatly reduce the environmental damage as well as the extra energy wasted while stuck in the daily grind of commuting, an example being a line of cars is stopped at a light. The last in line is forced to wait even after they see the flash of green on account of the delayed reactions from all of those in front. With computers in charge, however, once the
Autonomous technology has been slowly rising up in the market, beginning with automatic stop brakes to parking assists. The one thing technology researchers are trying to advance on is full-on, automatic driving with no manual backing. Although this technology is not on the market yet, it will be in the near future. Google specifically has started their own self-driving project six years ago, introducing their own line of autonomous vehicles they call Google Blobs. The main reason self-driving vehicles are in such a high demand to be made available for the public is because they are claimed to be a much safer alternative to human driving. More than thirty thousand people die each year in vehicle accidents and ninety percent of all car
Each year in the United States, there are thousands of fatalities as a result of car accidents. Humans are imperfect beings, and many factors come into play when they get behind the wheel of a car. Whether it be from inattention, intoxication, or inexperience, drivers make fatal mistakes
There is a large unmet demand for truck drivers today. The transportation sector of the American economy is on the rise and many drivers in the work force are retiring. This means the trucking industry needs to fill a growing driver shortage and is willing to pay higher salaries. For the person looking for work, this is a unique opportunity. However, not everyone is a good fit for this kind of work. If you can relate to these four top reasons why people choose to become commercial or owner operator truck drivers, then this career could be for you.