Attack of the (Job) Killer Robots!
The biggest threat to U.S. workers isn’t immigrants or China or human at all. The biggest threat to U.S. workers is, without a doubt, automation. Watch out landfill workers, WALL-E is coming for your job. But it’s not just landfill workers whose jobs will be replaced by robots; robots could take over 38% of U.S. jobs within the next 15 years. Two-thirds of Americans recognize that the majority of jobs currently done by humans will be done by robots in the near future, but 80% believe their job is safe. We are not ready for this massive change on the horizon. Tech leaders, however, are brain-storming different ideas to deal with the exponential rise in unemployment that will inevitably result from the coming automation boom. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates suggested that companies pay taxes on their robots to make up for lost income tax. eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig urges employers to retrain their employees to prepare them for the jobs that will still be around. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes advocate for universal basic income, which is when the government would start paying people salaries even if they don’t work. What do you believe the solution to the coming automation boom should be? Is there one viable solution? Do you believe your job will ever be replaced by a robot? How do you plan to be prepared for the new robot-run economy?