I know that robots have taken over many of the repetitive tasks from us humans. Many see that as stripping jobs away from those who don’t care to otherwise be ready for today’s workforce. The mind-numbing jobs are being taken over my mindless robots and that is as it should be. Let’s take auto manufacturing as an example:
- Robots don’t make mistakes... They do the same thing over and over again because that is all they are programmed to do.
- Robots don’t know Monday from Friday…. They don’t take their eye off the task at hand because they are still remembering the weekend or are anticipating the coming one.
- Robots can do the same thing over and over with the same accuracy…. Not only do they not make mistakes but they do what they are programmed to do with extreme accuracy. They simply don’t have other distractions on their minds.
Let’s face it, compared to today’s cars, the cars of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s were junk. The fit and finish were terrible and the lemons made because of absent minded defects were very troublesome to those who were unfortunate enough to get them. Humans just never did a good job of making cars.
So where does that leave us humans? For those unprepared for anything else but mindless assembly line work it leaves them with flipping hamburgers or other low skilled work that were once meant as entry type jobs. But for those willing to put in the effort to equip themselves with the necessary skills it leaves them with opportunity. Many young people today are taking that opportunity but many are not. Some think they are not smart enough to learn, some just can’t afford it. The later needs our help but then again so does the former.
We need to make higher education more affordable, if not free, for anyone who wants to improve themselves. Free high school education has been the norm now for many decades and now its time to kick that up a notch to at least two years of free trade school or college.
For those who don’t think they are smart enough we need to do a better job of encouraging them. We need to make learning as important to them as high school sports are now. Part of that is a teacher thing but the biggest share belongs to the parents.