The present low unemployment is likely to end in a few years when robots, automation and artificial intelligence become more widely used in the workplace. The article linked below observed that at the recent Davos meeting of elite globalists, in private, rather than promoting re-training, leaders admitted “the more automation, the better.”
So that’s the future economic elites plan for the rest of us.
Below, long unemployment lines will certainly reappear in the automated future.
We often think of automation as affecting physical occupations like farming and manufacturing, but the SynOps technology developed by Accenture is office oriented, performing tasks in finance, accounting, marketing and procurement. The company brags that it eliminated 40,000 human workers within its own ranks.
So smart machines will not only relieve America of any need for the physical labor of unskilled persons from Central America, US offices also will not require H-1b foreign workers in white collars.
In short, Automation Makes Immigration Obsolete.
This Automation Platform Helped Eliminate 40,000 Jobs, and Now It’s Available to Companies Everywhere, by Brian Merchant, Gizmodo, January 28, 2019
Over the last five years, the global management consulting company Accenture has developed proprietary automation software called the SynOps platform that it says has helped it cut 40,000 jobs within the company.
First, allow me to apologize for being forced to string together some of the dullest words in the English language, as few industries manage to deaden the soul and glaze over the eyes as potently as business consulting. Second, let me get to the news: Accenture is now putting this software up for sale, ostensibly allowing any mid-to-large-sized companies to automate their lower-level employees out of jobs.
According to Bloomberg, SynOps “suggests ways to streamline and automate processes in areas such as finance and accounting, marketing and procurement.” Synops is part of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) boom, which is led by companies like UiPath, and which seek to automate jobs that occupy the so-called “repetitive cognitive” quadrant of jobs, like, say, data entry.
Accenture Operations, the company’s outsourcing unit, once used human workers in mostly low-wage countries such as India, to handle routine data entry and customer service tasks for clients. Now that unit is hoping this new software will help clients’ achieve further savings by — at least in some cases — eliminating the need for humans altogether.
For instance, if used in procurement, the SynOps system can take an order, generate an invoice, check that invoice against a contract, correct any errors and then email it to the customer.
Accenture insists that all of the workers whose jobs were cut were retrained, and the group chief executive officer of Accenture Operations gives the oft-repeated bromide that, “This is not trying to get rid of the human… but to make them as productive as possible and get them to focus on the work that a human really needs to do.”
To which I say—right. And the aim of automating factories was definitely not eliminating human labor, but giving workers more fun and efficient things to do on the assembly line As Kevin Roose pointed out in his recent column about the public and private sides of the Davos set’s true motivations on automation, executives and management are beyond eager to start cutting headcount. Though they may bandy about terms like “retrain workers” and “make humans more productive” in public, privately, the aim is clear: the more automation, the better. (Continues)