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Automation

The New Work Force

What is the new work force, it’s technology, it’s automation. There is a major shift in how work is and will be done in the next 5 – 10 years, and it will be done by machines. This releases people from jobs, tasks that a machine can do. Once people are free, they will have another problem, multiple problems actually. What to do with this new-found free time, and what to do to generate income to live on.

Before the Industrial Age, people help one another, before there was regular pay cheque we traded food, furs, we gave each other food, all kinds of things, we exchanged services between neighboring communities, helped build homes for families new to the area. It was a harder life than we know, but it was also a simpler time.

This freedom will create a nervous breakdown for many, the Industrial Age, the factory work, manual labour, gave us structure, we had a set of rules and duties that had to be completed, we were told what to do, and we did it well. In the near future, this structure will now tell technology what and how to do the tasks of the day.

There are many reasons for this automation to take over, the big one, profit, and there is this thinking that people are like software, and are a problem that needs to be improved upon, upgraded if you will. There are some Futurists, Jeremy Rifkin & Andrew McAfee, who believe we are heading towards a world where people no longer need to work. Which begs the question, what replaces work? How do people make a living? Personally, work may not set us free, but it brings meaning to our days, and without it we’d be lost.

Should this come to pass, there’s good news…60% of the best jobs in the next 20 years haven’t even been invented yet, that brings great opportunity and innovation to all. I’m already thinking about what some of these new jobs might be or look like, I’ll write about it of course : )

The new work force, coming sooner than you think.