I was reading an article yesterday that said around 300,000 people drove vehicles for a living in Canada (over 4 million in the USA) and that many of them would be out of a job within ten years. The article went on to say that short travel trips would continue to be done by human drivers but longer trips would be mostly done by autonomous trucks. Add to this the possible future of drone delivery of small packages, autonomous warehousing and package sorting and you can see the concern starting to build up. Now before you call me an alarmist Luddite I want you to consider how fast this is all occuring or may be occuring. Already the mining industry is using autonomous rock trucks to move dirt and rocks around. Having myself worked as a heavy equipment operator I can vouch for the very real possibility of machines taking over much of this work. Retraining hasn't worked so well in the past. People have found other jobs and life has gone on. What will happen this time? Will rates of technological unemployment start happening so fast that we have to start considering a GAI (guaranteed annual income) to allow people time to retrain and rethink their lives from time to time?
25,000 jobs lost per month in the USA?!?! so says Goldman Sachs :(