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The Driverless Truck is Coming, and It’s Going to Automate Millions of Jobs (TechCrunch)

SOURCE: TechCrunch

“A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. […]

While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states. […]”

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

5 Comments

  1. Robert A. Vella

    This is a perfect example of society charging off in a profit-induced, technology-enabled direction without even a modicum of democratic, governmental oversight and planning.

    It is our greatest failure as a species, and it will inevitably doom us as a species.

    There are over 7 billion people on this planet. They all need productive activities for a stable civilization to be maintained. How stable can it be if working class jobs are continually sacrificed to enrich the wealthy few?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes – “without even a modicum of democratic, governmental oversight and planning.” There should be a regulation that takes a generous portion of increased profit, due to reduced jobs/pay/benefits, that is then redistributed to the community. At some point, a guaranteed basic income will need to be funded.

      • Robert A. Vella

        A guaranteed basic income is definitely needed now, although it doesn’t address the social stability problems associated with insufficient productive activities (i.e. jobs).

        Another problem, especially acute in the U.S., is the legal emphasis on proving incurred damages (i.e. financial or otherwise) as the final arbiter in cases involving regulatory intent. This became quite apparent when SCOTUS eviscerated the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Now, voter suppression must be proved AFTER it has already occurred. Likewise, any new law intended to proactively compensate the public interest from technology-induced job losses would face the same ridiculously high legal standard.

        I’m not trying to be overly negative or pessimistic, but I am trying to illustrate the great depth of the structural problems we face. And, there is only one presidential candidate willing to tackle them – Bernie Sanders.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks for helping us to see the big picture, Robert. And I like how you summed up!

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