Aging and Automation
The world isn’t getting any younger and neither are any of us and that might be problem. Technology and aging don’t work well together. They never have. The wheel, the steam engine, the telephone all broke the status quo and introduced new systems and realities never imagined before. The technology of a new generation is never as easy to accept and or understand as the reality that you grew up with. In the past, willingness to adapt and hard work was always the key to working past the disruptive innovation of the time and it is how our species has grown and continued to evolve. What happens though when you are at another point where technology creates another disruption but while changing jobs it also eliminates the need for many them?
According to a 2013 study 47% of workers in America had jobs at high risk of potential automation. Public to private, the idea of job security in the next thirty years looks bleek as low education jobs are moving into hands of machines. Many experts site technologies itself as the answer for this question by training rural and low education workers in IT and software development and new green technologies. The problem with this hypothesis is the lack of rural America’s educational and info.
America’s technological innovation and addiction to technology has advanced rapidly in the last twenty years and the human strain can be felt in every fifty-year old’s puzzled face as he taps on an Iphone’s new update. So what is to be done? Are we headed to Kurt Vonnegut Player Piano?
- Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
- Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
- Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt