12 machines that want your job

From complex cellphones to devices that can drive freeways and diagnose cancers, technology is cutting out the need for all sorts of human labor -- and human laborers.

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Feb 22, 2012 4:22PM

are you this negative all the time. what about all the jobs created making the machines to steal jobs.


what a sad way to make a living always tearing the world down

Feb 22, 2012 2:33PM
Transition periods are usually painful but the prospect of intelligent machinery arriving upon the work scene in force leads one to imagine a day when people will live better lives free of boring jobs and high priced 'specialists.'  Of course this new technological order will require a new social order as well. It might not be too early for the world's planners to begin to think about it.
Feb 22, 2012 1:55PM
Good that postal workers will lose their jobs. They are a bunch of lazy bums anyway.
Feb 22, 2012 12:07PM
aren't the machines suppose to take over 12/21/2012?
Feb 22, 2012 12:04PM
We need an entirely new paradigm of government and economy or we will implode and human needs will propell us into global war, massive depopulation and a new stone age.

That global war, which I see as inevitable as it takes too many people actually cooperating to avoid it, will go nuclear and there will be massive depopulation, but no stone age as we will be extinct.

Feb 22, 2012 11:30AM
How about replacing all the high paid CEO's with robots and start passing the savings back to the consumers?
Feb 22, 2012 10:02AM

The auther needs to do a little more homework and be a little less sensationalistic. Chief example is the comment about drones taking away pilot jobs. The fact is that drones require 25% MORE personnel to deploy and operate than a traditional combat aircraft, including the pilots that remotely fly the vehicles.


Smart phone apps are written by an army of software developers. New opportunities for young innovators that pay far more than minimum wage,


The "million" robots being acquired by Foxconn require many thousands of workers to assemble , install and maintain.


I have never been to a self checkout that didnt have one or more cashiers overseeing it because of the inevitable problems reading bar codes or to insure that every item was scanned. Personally I find the traditional checkout much faster.


A better article would be to talk about the evolving role of man\machine interfaces and how many new industries are being created that balance out the work being replaced. I would rather program a machine for $70k a year than snap one together for minimum wage.

Feb 22, 2012 8:59AM

Avoid the "Self Check-Out" lanes at the grocery stores; they steal jobs, and that woman in there who says, "Please Begin Scanning", has the most irritating voice ever! 

Feb 22, 2012 4:12AM
Just goes to show you that anyone can be replaced.
Feb 21, 2012 11:29PM
How about the robot stock analyst and investors?
Feb 21, 2012 11:27PM
Just wait for those Arab drones to come flyoing over NYC dropping white goo
Feb 21, 2012 11:26PM
 To savemiddleclass; I know machines are taking jobs by building other machines but at some point there has to be humans involved. Repairing alone is proof of that plus there is the matter of getting the stuff need to build them in the first place and then there's the power needed to keep machines going. i'm afrid that idea of machines taking over is  a myth created by those who fail to understand that machines can do so much and that sooner or later machines would ceace to even run without humans. Unlike animails they cannot survive without us no matter what some people say and don't expect a termanator in anyone's lifetime because it may look good in sci-fi but reality says otherwise.
Feb 21, 2012 11:04PM
Machines can do it faster, more efficiently and cheaper.  Its just that they are terrible consumers.  They just don't seem to buy very much.
Feb 21, 2012 9:27PM
A lot of these machines essentially build themselves and that dynamic will increase.  We are in a historic moment for human history.  The population is growing, which should increase jobs and demand for jobs, thus the economy, but that is not happening.  There are virtually no manual labor jobs anymore, which were the bread and butter of the working class.  Most jobs above minimum wage demand at least a bachelor's degree and the competition for those is suffocating.  Older people are working longer because of better health and death of their retirement investments.  We are looking at the demise of human work, new job opportunities and economies based on growth of jobs.  If we are to survive, we are going to have to have some revolutionary thinkers come along and re-define economics.  Communism, socialism, capitalism and the standard solutions are no longer going to work.  That is why nobody has confidence in the government's ability to solve our economies.  China is emerging now, but soon that will start to falter as they become more and more automated and the people refuse to be slaves.  We need an entirely new paradigm of government and economy or we will implode and human needs will propell us into global war, massive depopulation and a new stone age. There are some very old suggestions on how humans can survive, prosper and meet each other's needs, but they have never been acceptable to the human race and probably will not be adopted. These suggestions are in an old "mythic" book called the Bible, but that's just nonsense isn't it?
Feb 21, 2012 8:50PM
it takes people to build these things so NO i'm not worried they will take away jobs; I'm more worried about the companys who are taking the job to build these things to places like China.. OH wait; They are already doing this!  This isn't news it's an excuse for there being NO jobs!
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