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View Diary: the new outsourcing; why the jobs are NEVER coming back. (316 comments)

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  •  Agree (8+ / 0-)

    Automation has been slowly outsourcing jobs for decades in all sectors.

    In the offices, all those people needed to file papers and type on papers and fax papers - whittled down by about half because of computers and email.

    In hospitals, how many medical record clerks will they need when the electronic medical record gets all of the kinks worked out?

    In retail, why staff so many sales people when many customers shop online where they read the description and specs, click and buy?

    Telecommunications, what happened to all of those phone operators that have long since been thinned out to a skeleton crew in a call center in favor of automated phone trees?

    In every industry, you can point to examples of how automation has either eliminated a job or made it easy to do more with less human staff.

    I completely agree with the diarist that as a society we really must think of some other way for people to earn a living other than through labor - because labor itself is slowly becoming obsolete.

    •  However, work is for many a satisfying and (4+ / 0-)

      necessary part of a full and sound emotional life.  Instead of cutting the jobs, why can't we use the technology to make the work safer and more pleasant.  I submit that productivity is only one value in designing an economy.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 03:24:38 PM PST

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      •  You can work even if it isn't required to live (1+ / 0-)
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        If it's really a satisfying part of someone's life then they can probably figure out how to work on something satisfying without being forced to to eat.

        Because it's good to remember that when you argue for work for everyone you include the people who don't get pleasure out of any work that is or will be available.

        I'd like to see fewer work all around. Certainly paid work that people have to do to eat and have a place to live shouldn't be a necessity.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 04:26:10 PM PST

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