They’re after my jobs, the ba****ds. Not the eastern Europeans. Nor the Indians. Nor the growing population of Latin American emigres. Those guys, up there. The machines. The dreaded, job eating machines. They are the new competition. And they are tough. Relentless. Remorseless. It’s a new world, and they are determined to make it their world. We feeble humans are having to adapt in order to compete. The 21st century resume will need to be reworked if we are to stand a chance.
Mine will need to stress my ability to not simply ‘pause for thought’, but to inexplicably freeze for no apparent reason for minutes on end, before returing to action as if nothing had happened . Usually just after the train has left. I will need to highlight my ability to detect any flaw in a coin (whether a flaw really exists or not) and then, ever so slowly, throw every single coin back at the customer. Without mentioning which coin was the problem. Oh, and by selling the requested ticket to a customer, no matter how overpriced and inappropriate it is for the journey they need to make, I can help meet sales targets. I’m not job hunting at the moment, but it’s never a bad idea to keep a resume up to date with your key skills, is it?
I do feel, however, that ‘we the people’ are being let down on a very specific promise made by a very unspecific entity. The technological revolution was supposed to bring increased efficiency. But it was also meant to free up human labour for other productive endeavors. It was supposed to free up our time and allow us all to benefit from the wonders of automated progress. I do not recall the promise involving anything about increasing inequality of wealth, sending chunks of the population into poverty and destitution whilst a select few enjoy all the prosperity that it has brought about.
There is another way. A way where we all progress with the times and where we all enjoy what technological advances have to offer. Whether or not we find that way is another matter. It seems to me that there is opposition from that small, select section of the population to finding that way. And therein will lie the origin of the next revolution.