Technological changes do not stop affecting work
Most people complain about automation, and those who do generally have reasons for it. Not because automation is bad “per se” but because its consequences hurt many.
Just one objective data: between 1979 and 2019, the productivity of companies increased by 70%, and the hourly wage barely rose by 12%.
And at a general level, it can be said that less prepared people with lower salaries are doing worse. Conclusion: the mass of the poor increases.
And therefore it is very reasonable that in this situation people complain.
But what is clear is that technologies will continue to develop and no one knows what will happen, so some jobs will disappear and new ones will emerge. I was surprised to learn recently that the job of a “video game coach” existed, but yes it does
; and there will be many other jobs that I have never heard about.
The most abrupt change we have had recently has been remote work due to Covid-19. It has been implemented from one day to the next and it has been due to the technological means available, which were there, but were not used by companies.
It is difficult for all of us to change but in times of trouble we react.
The smartest thing is to have an attitude of openness to changes and prepare for them, whatever they may be; but very few people do that.
According to a report by the consulting company Deloitte, between 2020 and 2028 there will be in the USA around 4.5 million jobs in Industry 4.0 without being covered.
And at the same time there will be other millions of people with miserable wages. Inequalities of life.
Because being prepared to work in Industry 4.0 means having a good training, keeping up to date with new technologies, being open to change, etc … and that not many do.
Dear friends, the transformation will affect us all equally, but only those who are trained will be able to adapt to it.
The Society and the Governments should educate people (especially the youngest) of the need to upgrade to these new technologies so as not to be displaced.
This is a task that requires a lot of time and effort, and for those who are involved in learning them, these technologies can be “allies”.
It depends on us.