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"...It's conceivable to a large extent human labor will become obsolete in the foreseeable future....".
Hard to say on this one. It seems like this is predicted all the time and then everything changes (as the 'computer revolution') which brought in more jobs.
What is happening, and I am reading more and more articles stating the same thing, is that there are no jobs for the uneducated masses any longer. The majority of jobs require at least one of the letters in STEM. I've read all kinds of estimates of numbers of unfilled skilled factory jobs because basic math or programming wasn't there. We have a number of those jobs in our town --- and local news reports on how they cannot get people with math or basic business skills applying for those jobs. To their credit, a couple of places are now training, but of course, it's costly to them.
Posted by retiredtraveler
The jobs left for the uneducated do not pay a living wage in the type of lifestyle we have come to expect. It means no car, maybe sharing a house, no college for the kids and a poor quality of life... and I cannot understand why people with kids don't realize it. Well actually many do but many don't or can't or something and the lives they face may be bleak. When I entered the workforce a high school diploma was enough to get hired but not enough for many jobs already and withou even that what is the future going to be like.