Robots to take over jobs in human service industry, increasing the percentage of unemployed Americans.(NaturalNews) The so-called “service industry” – which includes restaurants, entertainment outlets, retail stores and hotels, among other businesses – has traditionally been one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in the country, even in a struggling U.S. economy. But its workforce could be decimated in the years ahead by the coming explosion of robotics, which threatens to slash millions of jobs much in the way the use of robots have downsized employment in the nation’s manufacturing sector.
“If you meet Baxter, the latest humanoid robot from Rethink Robotics – you should get comfortable with him, because you’ll likely be seeing more of him soon,” according to a March 26 story by The Fiscal Times. “Rethink Robotics released Baxter last fall and received an overwhelming response from the manufacturing industry, selling out of their production capacity through April. He’s cheap to buy ($22,000), easy to train, and can safely work side-by-side with humans. He’s just what factories need to make their assembly lines more efficient – and yes, to replace costly human workers. But manufacturing is only the beginning.” The employment writing is on the wall, and it’s not pretty: Jobs for humans are simply going to become even more scarce in the years ahead, as companies develop – and businesses and manufacturers enlist – more robots to do the jobs that need to be done. That will gut unions, weaken households and boost poverty – except among the privileged elite.
The robots are coming – for your job