The points below answer the question, "Will Automation take your job?" (both yes and no).
YES, it will - According to our estimate, 47 percent of total US employment is in the high risk category, meaning that associated occupations are potentially automatable over some unspeciﬁed number of years, perhaps a decade or two. http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/do…oyment.pdf
NO, it won't - Oxford's Frey and Osborne agree. "Our ﬁndings thus imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerization—i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence. For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills," they conclude. http://www.nationaljournal.com/maga…s-20140311
YES, it will - Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived on the farm. Today automation has eliminated all but 1 percent of their jobs, replacing them (and their work animals) with machines. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blo…onomy.html
NO, it won't - Robotic associations including the A3 (Association for Advancing Automation, a 750-member umbrella association for the RIA, AIA and MCA) and IFR (International Federation of Robotics) have commissioned studies and produced videos which show that deploying robotics do increase and/or preserve wages in the community. http://www.therobotreport.com/news/…-confusing
YES, it will - "Automatic threshers replaced 30 percent of labor force in agriculture in the 19th century. But it happened over a long period of time, and people could find new kinds of work to do. This time it’s happening faster." http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yes-robots-are-coming-for-our-jobs-now-what/
NO, it won't - The demand for skilled robot operators has risen each year since 2008 - http://www.kukaconnect.com/reshorin…g-jobs-us/
YES, it will - "So far, people taking back work done by robots at over 100 workspaces reduced waste in crankshaft production by 10%, and helped shorten the production line." Toyota has become more efficient by replacing robots with humans.
NO, it won't - "Albertsons LLC, which owns seven stores in the Tucson area and more than 200 throughout the Sun Belt states, is removing self-checkout lanes from all of its stores that have them. ...the number of stores that have at least one self-checkout lane declined from 21 percent of stores in 2009 to to 16 percent last year... With the self-checkout, you're there in front of what's basically a computer. You could get frustrated and (store staff) won't know about it. Retailers want to be able to control their own destiny with the customers." - http://azstarnet.com/business/albertsons-pulling-self-checkout-lanes-in-tucson/article_1a5258f8-2e89-5a16-8b9c-bdb252c1bb59.html
Since we would like this to be a balanced argument, please include the same amount of "yes's" and "no's" in your design.
More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People
Study: 47% of US jobs could be automated in the next 20 years
Quote we would like included at the end if possible...
- “the key to winning the race is not to compete against machines but to compete with machines.” - Erik Brynjolfsson, left, and Andrew McAfee, authors of “Race Against the Machine,” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/t…html?_r=1&)