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Work vs Automation.

Should we or should we not automate as much work as possible? With the current technological advances it wont be long before almost every existing job will/can be automated.

And from a capitalistic viewpoint it makes sense, why have workers when you can have robots that do the work faster, better and cheaper?

And do we really even want to "work" as it's defined today.

There will probably always be the need for humans, but to a lesser and lesser extent.

To get some insights into what's happening with automation today, check http://www.reddit.com/r/automate

And to see some of the jobs that were automated in 2013 read this article by The Washington Post "Eight ways robots stole our jobs in 2013" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/23/eight-ways-robots-stole-our-jobs-in-2013/

Do you have a job that you think can't be automated or won't be in a long time? Are you "safe"?

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    Jan 15 2014: I'm a fan of automation given that it generally frees us up from the monotony of what would otherwise be a tedious job. Automation also allows for us to direct our time elsewhere, to work on new projects, or do tasks that cannot be fully automated.

    Speaking from experience, I developed several VBA scripts for Microsoft Excel when I worked as an industrial engineer for a shipping company. These scripts allowed me to automate the majority of my daily tasks and reports. Without this form of automation, I would be hand-keying everything, making mistakes along the way. However, after spending a couple years in the engineering department, I decided to make a lateral move as an operations supervisor, mainly because the job was quite tedious, even with automation.

    That being said, most individuals work in fields which cannot be fully automated, and are not going to be fully automated anytime soon. Even if one works in a field that is becoming fully automated, these fields still need individuals who can supervise or repair the technology that has "stolen our jobs." Until the "technological singularity" occurs, it's a win-win situation in which we no longer have as many tedious jobs.

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