This is a joke that is making the rounds which is darkly pointing towards a future where robots do the manual work that people used to be employed to do.
Worldwide annual shipments of industrial robots have more than doubled in the past decade, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Taiwan’s Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, announced in 2011 that it would increase the use of robots in its factories one hundredfold, bringing its total to 1 million robots by 2014. South Korea is experimenting with robotic prison wardens that patrol and report inmates who do something wrong; Japanese restaurants are deploying fast-food robots to make and serve sushi. Meanwhile, lower-level tasks are now being automated by software programs, changing newsrooms, law firms, hospitals and countless other workplaces. Automation and other productivity improvements are expected to have eliminated 2.2 million business-services jobs in the United States and Europe from 2006 to 2016, at a rate of about 200,000 jobs annually, according to the Hackett Group, a Miami-based consultancy.
He says that this trend will escalate in the coming years leading to a rewrite of America’s social contract.
We will move from a society based on the pretense that everyone is given a decent standard of living to one in which people are expected to fend for themselves.
But this won’t lead revolution because, oddly enough, It seems that the economically downtrodden won’t be storming the Bastille because “Conservatism, more and more, is the ideology of the economically left behind.”
This is a fascinating read which should provoke some serious contemplation.
Via Om Malik
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Kids need heroes. Heroes provide models of exemplary behavior to emulate. Heroes inspire kids to achieve more than they thought they were capable of, to find strength when they thought they didn’t have any more, to follow a code of moral conduct when it would be easier and maybe more popular not to.
But when it comes to sports figures, Americans seem a little confused about what defines a hero.
Let me think about this for a moment:
Yeah…I can see why Dwight Howard would want his Orlando jersey number retired.