The trend is unmistakable and cannot be reversed. Robotics will increasing do jobs that humans used to do. Far fewer people will be needed to create the robots than will be displaced by them.
The marked characteristic of today’s US manufacturing paradigm is the preference for robotic labor over manual labor. The benefits are obvious: 24/7 production, lower costs of “labor,” and more precise assembly. Robots can produce faster, better, and cleaner than humans can.
Google’s driverless cars now officially licensed in Nevada.
It’s only a matter of time until trucks on freeways have no human driver. A driver-less triple UPS truck could go from a terminal next to I-15 in Las Vegas straight up that interstate and drive itself into another terminal in Salt Lake City. The I-15 is mostly empty. I predict robotic trucks will soon be commonplace.
Finally, 3D printing will revolutionize everything and put many out of work. 3D printers are on the verge of being able to duplicate themselves and all you need to create something on a 3D printer is the CAD instructions, which will probably be on the Internet.
Watch the video in Crowdfunding meets 3D printing for guns. They talk about how 3D printing will make gun control, borders, and patents obsolete. This is not hyperbole. Nor is saying that robotics are about to unalterably change manufacturing and distribution, and eliminate millions of jobs.
The technocrats who design and make the robotics will prosper. But what about everyone else? And will they have the money to buy what the robots create?