Saturday, June 17, 2017

FEAR THE FUTURE: ROBOTS REPLACING EVEN MORE KANSAS CITY WORKERS!!!



A question about the fight for a fare wage is on the next Kansas City special election ballot coming up in April but the struggle goes beyond the sordid union fight against fast food companies with deep pockets.

To wit . . .

THANKS TO SMART TKC READERS WE NOW REALIZE THAT ALL CASHIERS AND RETAIL WORKERS CONFRONT THE THREAT OF AUTOMATION!!!

It's one thing to oppose protesting fast foodies in the streets but new tech seems to be taking human element out of everything and grocery stores are the next target.

Take a look . . .

New York Times: Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers

Deets:

"The next jobs to disappear are probably ones that are a much bigger part of most people’s daily lives: retail workers and cashiers in stores and restaurants.

"For a long time, economists argued that routine jobs like factory and clerical work were vulnerable to automation but that jobs in both the service and knowledge sectors were safer. They require human skills that are hard for machines to imitate, like judgment and adaptability. These skills are useful when an executive makes strategic business decisions or when a chef fries one customer’s egg and scrambles another’s . . .

"But it has become increasingly clear that parts of every job will be automated — and that the service sector is next. Although certain service jobs like health aide or preschool teacher still seem safe, others, like those in retail and food service, are already being displaced. It’s not hard to teach a machine to do routine tasks like scanning bar codes, stocking shelves or dunking fries in oil . . . "

Read the whole thing . . .

But here's where it gets real and something we must constantly work to remind locals of . . .

FASTER INTERNETS AND AUTOMATION ALSO THREATENS KANSAS CITY LAWYERS WITH INCREASED OUTSOURCING!!!

Money quote . . .

"Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) benefits are more fully appreciated, and can include opening up new markets, increasing efficiency, reducing costs and gaining comparative advantage. In the legal field, we see tasks that used to fall to junior associates working in those proverbial law firm basements—doing document review, for example—now being done more efficiently and cost-effectively through outsourcing, and not just from offshore locations like India and the Philippines, but onshore in the US and UK, or as a hybrid onshore/offshore model . . ."

It's human nature to tout automation and outsourcing for SOMEONE ELSE but the fact is that new tech doesn't care about demographics and it targets both lower and upper-class jobs and makes more workers obsolete.

Developing . . .

11 Comments:

Anonymous said...

When can we start electing robots?

Anonymous said...

If the robots have even the most rudimentary form of artificial intelligence, get them down to city hall quick!
In fact, elect some of them.

Anonymous said...

Corporations learned how to beat employees into compliance when they started busting unions. They survive, they make money, their stockholders make money. Comcast is one huge libtard corporation. What do their counter employees make? Corporations will do what they have to do to survive. If you want a better paycheck either get a formal education or pay attention to these new apprenticeship and trade training programs. . People make good money because their skillset is valuable to employers. Today no one sits on the payroll screwing the pooch. If you can not motivate and make the adjustments required to succeed then enjoy your no skills wage. This is not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

If big time Mo Law Firms are outsourcing legal work to people who are not licensed Mo. Attorneys, the Mo Bar Association might be interested in looking into that.

Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photo. Here we have the absolute cure for abortion and I'm sure it will be recognized as a threat to womens health.

Anonymous said...

Can we get a big fat lard ass robot with a bow tie? One that won't lie and steal all the time?

KC Voter said...

+1

Anonymous said...

I don't see the downside to automated grocery store checkouts. You put your groceries on the belt, someone scans it and asks you THE QUESTION - "Did you find everything OK?" Even if you didn't find everything, there is nothing that person can do about it. Someone bags your stuff, badly, and then you're out the door. Unless you like discussing coupons, there is no need for a human at that job.

The Truth of the Matter said...

If a place doesn't have self check out I don't shop there. Amazon gets more of my business all the time probably close to 75% of it now I would guess. How many issues have I had with them? One, just one in shopping on there for 6 years. I sure don't get that service in any of the local stores around here.

Anonymous said...

Can they make robot's in black too? Maybe they will work.

Anonymous said...

Robot's in fast food would be great. Spics can't understand English to good. Everytime I order an ice tea I get hi c orange drink. They don't understand the difference.