Are new technologies helping to find jobs ?
Last Monday, Amazon launched it’s first cashier-less market to the public in Seattle Washington. The Amazon Go market allows customers to shop without having to go through a checkout line. The advance technology can detect when items are taken off and put back on the shelf, customers scan the products they want and go. Customers are then sent a detailed receipt to their Amazon account. There are a few store associates that are available to check-ids for liquor purchases; for in-store food prep and to ask questions. Pretty awesome, right?
Innovation May Not Be Our Friend!
In the last couple of years, we have been hearing more and more about companies investing in technology to create person-less jobs. With money being invested to create driver-less commercial trucks and we are already seeing versions of driver-less cars; Amazon Go is just the first in the supermarket arena. Walmart has had self service lanes for awhile now and announced a layoff of almost 1,000 people just this week. You can’t tell me that this is a good thing! Inequality is the worse we have seen since we implemented laws to help everyone make a livable wage.
So What Do We Do?
Now is the time for us to pivot. We need to pay attention, and look where the future job growth is and start preparing for it. As we continue to see job loss in the service and transportation industries, people are going to have to look for work in areas they might not have looked before.