Welcome to Permanent Unemployment
- While the population is growing we see computers, robotics and outsourcing moving ahead rapidly putting millions out of work . . . and the idiot politicians keep importing more and more new workers.
(Financial Times of London) - The secretary is dead. Technology and flat corporate structures have consigned the job to the corner office waste bin. In the future, personal assistants will be constructed from microprocessors and remote controlled. We are halfway there, after all. Want to dial your sales director? Ask Siri. Still determined to retain secretarial services? Then hire a virtual assistant, based in Mumbai or Brooklyn, by the hour.
The secretarial role crystallises fears over creeping automation of white-collar jobs. Once a concern solely for factory workers, today robots are marching into offices. Drawing on ONS data, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford found that 33,000 secretarial roles had disappeared between 2001 and 2013, a drop of 44 per cent. That was just in London. In the UK as a whole it was a 47 per cent decline, or 163,000 job losses.
Research by the Roosevelt Institute, a US non-profit body, found that private sector job losses during the recession particularly hit female support staff whose work was distributed among others.
Despite the economic gloom lifting, automation remains a threat to the secretarial profession.
“Secretaries are an occupation where the increasing ability of sophisticated algorithms to substitute for cognitive labour is already being felt,” says Mr Osborne.
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The Future of American Workers
The moronic politicians and TV talking heads blunder forward thinking the future will look like the past, and they talk about new jobs and economic recovery.
Those of us still able to think for ourselves see the writing on the wall. Technology, robotics, the Internet and outsourcing are permanently abolishing jobs by the millions. At some point the consumer economy will collapse as people with jobs to buy products simply vanish.
The successful political party of the future will run on a "Jobs for Humans" platform. It will be a return of the Luddites as millions of people permanently made unemployable by machines demand help.