How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers | The Economist

How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers | The Economist

The digital revolution offers great advantages but it also threatens the jobs of low and mid-skilled workers. As computers become smarter, so too must humans.

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50 Comments

  1. paul broderick on November 3, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    3.08……god the arrogance displayed!



  2. neosmith80 on November 3, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    until A.i. fully develops, then there wont be a need for a worker one. they will create, ship, sell, buy, etc…. everything for us.



  3. ivanbarbosa81 on November 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    We Will adapt and reinvent ourselves



  4. Ballsarama on November 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Get used to eating Soylent Green.



  5. nonamenow on November 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    This is years ago, and it was before the media posts on the change on employment.



  6. Nicholas on November 3, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    These videos are designed to create fear and anxiety… We are doing great people! The world has never been better and as humans discover more EFFICIENT ways of getting work done ALL will benefit. Enjoy life!



  7. t pw on November 3, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This is going to help The western countries except America of course Peaple will have a basic income and follow there dreams America on the other hand will be well America
    Help the poor rich people discard those poor Peaple not realising they are one of those poor people. There sticking it to.



  8. Romy mallari on November 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    and you forgot to mention that smarter AI can even replace tech jobs too… i wish they could replace my job too



  9. Pray Suguitan on November 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    We will all go back to farming fishing and bartering



  10. Mark Wilcons on November 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    In a future world of 10 billion people in the year 2060, what percentage of those people will be needed for jobs? I think it’s ~5%. That’s only 500 million, so what are the rest of the people doing? Their dead. Because the top tier elite will want to save the remaining resources, so at some point the masses will be culled. Exactly how is academic, whether by a sterilization program, or a targeted virus delivered by insect drones, but that’s the long and short of it. Most people won’t be needed and it won’t take long for top people to decide their fate. But that’s probably a predictably natural thing to occur during the ascent of man. Overpopulate via surplus energy provided by fossil fuels, followed by technology that no longer requires so many people, followed by far fewer people using less resources. It will probably be a better world, albeit for not as many people.



  11. asdfghjkl on November 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Can’t these pussies just stop crying over the future of their miserable jobs and start demanding universal basic income?



  12. Debbie S on November 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    automation? try too collect taxes from a robot!I guess well just have to build prisons for robots.



  13. That Guy on November 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Save a family, KILL A ROBOT.



  14. Russell Gillick on November 3, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    This time instead of horses being replaced, it’s our turn !



  15. Mr HunterF λ on November 3, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Lol



  16. Michael Heider on November 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    We better get our social system up and running. We will be able to support it by increasing productivity.



  17. CultuRated TV on November 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Y A N G
    G A N G
    2 0 2 0 !



  18. codyjones109 on November 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    A.I will take all jobs even the advanced computer and physicists. Human brain can operate 1 million operations a second, a I.C. can already do 1000 times that,now! Modern skilled jobs will be gone overnight!



  19. solobackpacking on November 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Fear mongering.
    Book burning then came the fear of robotics in the 80.
    Printing presses and automation furthered humanity and created more jobs.



  20. thas1227 on November 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    We are giving rise to this thing that will eventually destroy us, therefore it is not ‘technology’. Its not helping us as much as it is making us irrelevant.



  21. Arthur Kuntz on November 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    business owners always tried to produce more with fewer workers GREED and GREED will destroy the world



  22. Sam Tay on November 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Best analogy related to main idea of this vid: as every car 🚘 traveling to a one direction 6 lane🛣🛣🛣🛣🛣🛣 road, every car has to merge to 4🛣🛣🛣🛣 lanes then mergers to 2🛣🛣 lanes and finally 1 lane🛣.

    We will all have to merge to inevitably one job as technology takes over.



  23. Ronald Logan on November 3, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    A very interesting observation about what needs to happen in order that technological "losers" are not left behind;
    In America the decision makers are not at all concerned with the ‘losers’ who will be left behind, except perhaps
    to stomp them out or lock them up. The goal in America is to get enough millionaires who can drive up the cost of
    everything so that anybody not "making it" will be out in the cold without housing, without food, without medical care.
    So much winning.



  24. abc def on November 3, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    fake help wanted look & learn
    https://youtu.be/R3uwGvKX5EQ



  25. Kamalpreet Singh on November 3, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Useful information…..



  26. F22xSTEALTHx on November 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    The amount of capital investment to automate an operation in manufacturing will always limit the applicability of robots to every single manufacturing application. Robots will never fully take over manufacturing, rather there will be a few "traditional" manufacturing operators for small jobs and who will be forced to operate however fast their employer wants them to because there will be an overabundance of applicants waiting to take their spot.



  27. Fixer Upper on November 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Well now that wealthy people might lose thier prosperity: Let’s do something about it. We can’t educate ourselves smarter than AI and we can’t train ourselves ro be more precise and strong as robotics. There’s not a way to up our game.



  28. Casey Wood on November 3, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    What? Now they’re threatening the jobs of mid-skilled workers? In the past, computers only threatened the job of low-skill workers. So you know what that means. Watch out high-skill people, the computers are comin’ to get ya. …your job, I mean.



  29. daniel ash on November 3, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Most machines are allready designed for automation’s ad we type comments it correct’s spelling .
    So to A.I learns by our example so get paid for training these creatures of silicon to work for you.Well discovery of the event’s like aided design bots will be so many of them just like television’s became a dime a dozen people will cooperate them by training .



  30. Atlas Tobin on November 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    By 2035-40 we are all going to play golf and eat sushi all day…



  31. Burning Experience on November 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    and by saying losers won’t be left behind is referring to food stamps and ssi.



  32. Paul Adams on November 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    No one should be complacent AI has come a long way. AI can now beat humans at the game go 10 years sooner then some of the most optimistic predictions made 10 years ago. We need to start to introduce universal basic income soon.



  33. Romy mallari on November 3, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    just learn to code …



  34. zahir ayub on November 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    communism is coming back



  35. D J on November 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    REMEMBER DR WHO THE DARLIKS, EXTERMINATE!!



  36. GarlicPudding on November 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Beware the Machine.



  37. Arthur Kuntz on November 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I think its about time the government makes laws to protect our jobs before its too late



  38. kofManKan on November 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Not one mention of AI…..
    Terrible, expect better from a 14 year old. Totally embarrassed for you!



  39. Anonymous on November 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    The American public needs watch this this. Yet the majority are too stupid to care..



  40. Graham Garner on November 3, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    The problem the world will face different to the last revelations is that we had two world wars that killed millions of people which also slowed population, people back then had nothing, and wanted for nothing more than shelter and food. People today want it all (consumerism).



  41. Tran on November 3, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    stupid music !!



  42. N. Francis on November 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Man’s self extinction .This is going to bite corporations on the ass because poor people are the biggest consumers.



  43. Paul Page on November 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Technology, AI, and computers aren’t susceptible to monetary greed, profit motives, and other abhorrent behaviors as human beings are.



  44. Daniel Ahlert on November 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Robots don’t buy cars you tube song



  45. HardWarUK on November 3, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Of course the digital revolution spell the end for human workers. Corporations have shown over and over they just care about the bottom line – not benefiting society!



  46. Ryan VanGelder on November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I see a ‘great depression’ coming again soon. Between 2020-2030, nearly 100 years from the last one.



  47. David Brewer on November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    We might have been able to hear the commentary if you lost the stupid music



  48. Daniel Misgana on November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Brilliant video



  49. BV P on November 3, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Machines are honest beings because they are made up of earth ie silicon circuits , fire ie batteries , space ie body or shell , water ie hydraulics air ie don’t know . Once they gain consciousness they would behave like angels else beasts …



  50. Joseph Zorzin on November 3, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I’d like to see a video of robots making robots.