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    • I agree with your concern about the kill switch and the implications behind the actions if taken. It's been speculated that Millions of dollars could be lost my internet dependent companies. The lack of the ability to communicate with family, friends, or organizations would be quickly felt by the masses. It would cause major unrest and confusion which could lead to mass panic if the issue were to continue for a long period of time.

    • no, I don’t think there should be a internet kill switch because society has made technology a part of our daily lives. It doesn’t seem impossible for the government to have a kill switch of all power. I seen a video showing that there was a power outage that happen for 4 days and made the world chiotic. I figure if consumers has the power to cut off our power if a bill isn’t paid then it is possible to have the worlds power off baised on the government. What I researched was that China knows the information to kill the power to the United States. I think technology controls the next generation, the world changes every few years from style to language and the newest improvement to technology. In my opinion if this kill switch does really exist it would run over society because that is all they are accustomed to and everything else would be a learning process making physical labor first mental labor second leaving little room for innovation. To be honest technology seems to be making society lazy.

      Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2-rkZOL8C4

    • wow I didn’t know that. It would be interesting if Russia was really trying to plan a outage and was successful in doing so. I do think there could be some type of outage switch the government has control over .

    • that’s interesting, I can believe the government would have something like that sometimes I feel they have access to your phone even without your concent. They call America the land of the free but nothing is really yours. I need to watch the news more to really understand what will happen to this society we live in today.

    • It is impossible to predict which way the workforce will
      turn in 20 years, but we do know changes are coming. Artificial Intelligence was
      a big topic in one of the articles I read. With time many jobs will be lost to
      AI and other new technologies. It is not just factory workers that lose jobs.
      Many accountants have lost jobs to new softwares that can balance sheets with a
      few buttons. While jobs are lost, some are also created. Before the 1970s programming
      was never even heard of, but with new technologies millions of jobs have been
      created. It’s a never-ending cycle of new creative inventions that are made. AI
      is designed to help with current jobs in the workforce. However, it’s naive to believe
      that jobs won’t be lost to AI. While some jobs such as surgeons or biologists, I
      think we are living in a time where a new workforce will be emerging. New
      skills and education will have to be acquired and implemented to accommodate the
      changes technology has made.

      https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/future-skills/a-list-of-the-jobs-that-are-most--and-least--likely-to-be-replac

      https://www.siliconrepublic.com/careers/future-ai-workplace-office

    • I really liked the video that we watched "What will future jobs look like?" With Andrew McAfee.

      1. Because he mentioned that tech progress allows for output to increase, prices to decrease and quality to get better.

      2. He also mentions that machines do the mundane jobs so we can focus on creativity, discovery and innovation.

      And that leads me to the quote he had on the screen. "Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences." - Freeman Dyson.. If technology is there we can concentrate on other things that need more attention.

      In the Forbes article I read, they wrote about the Fourth Industrial Revolution is making everything more efficient. Just like in past years, people will have to be there for the relationship building, the arts, government and community, there will be jobs but also opportunities to make some jobs better and more time to focus on doing it better. A robot couldn't do my job. It is a lot of face to face, marketing person to person, making sure displays look correct and that people have access to certain products in specific places throughout the store. If I had a robot cart that could go get product for me, that would make my job way more efficent but it wouldn't take away the need for my role in the company.

    • Great point on the idea of new skills will have to be made. Some jobs will be lost, I totally agree. But I think that jobs will become more efficient and others could open up.

    • I like your point that some jobs cannot and will not be automated. We create things for human need and at the end of the day, technology makes things more efficient. However, if it puts more people out of work, then there will be no one to buy goods or spend money. This ultimately would hurt the economy and do the exact opposite of what the technology was
      intended to do.

    • This topic about artificial intelligence taking over is hugely debated and talked about all over the world. With this technology on the rise, many are afraid that jobs formally ran by humans will be taken over. All aspects of our lives will be changed, from transportation to public safety. It is said that in the next decade, artificial intelligence will be able to drive a truck and be able to write a high school essay better than humans. But this doesn't mean we should all start looking for new jobs. A new study says that only one in four jobs are likely to be greatly impacted by and it also says that new technology will also create new jobs. 

      Links:

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/12/28/let-the-robots-take-over-how-the-future-of-ai-will-create-more-jobs/#68e31a123c6d
      https://www.wired.com/story/robots-will-take-jobs-from-men-young-minorities/

    • Hi Taryn, I agree with you, a robot couldn't do my job either. But if it could get me the supplies I need to do my job, that would be very helpful. I also do like the fact that if technology were to produce our products we buy in stores, prices would decrease.

    • Hi Haley, I agree with you that with this on arise, some jobs will be taken and some will be created. But I also think that there will come a point where AI will be able to program themselves, which is kind of a scary thing.

    • Both videos that we watched talked about the shift from labor jobs to jobs in technology and the importance of education. They also talked about the benefits of man and machine working together to complete difficult tasks. I found two interesting articles that talk about the future with technology. One was on Wired.com called, “Creating the tech economy of the future", it talks about how humans and machines working together can be powerful and how the economy is growing due to the demand of technology jobs. The article talks about the internet of things, making ordinary devices smart, using AI to customize patient treatments, implementing cloud-based office systems to free up office space and cut back on paper usage, and the need for cyber security. Another article I found was on Forbes.com and it was called "Three future workplace realities you must be prepared for". This article talked about being ready to work with AI to get things done, you'll have to work side by side with computers and robots. The second thing the article talked about was working remotely, technology will allow us to work remotely which will cut back on commuting and meal costs, reduce our environmental footprint, and allow us to be closer to family. The third thing this article talks about it the need to maintain human connections, it is important to maintain connections and relationships with humans because a computer cannot provide the same level of intimacy that a human can.

      I think we are looking at a very different future than what we are used to, technology is becoming more advanced and at a much quicker rate than it used to. If we support technology and learn to work along side technology, we can use it to our advantage to help us with everyday tasks. The important thing will be to make sure our children are educated and our schools are teaching technology courses. It seems like schools are heavy on taking tests and only teaching for those tests but we need to shift into a more hands on approach and let these children work with their hands so that they can learn, innovate, and invent.

    • I agree with a lot your perspective. I think the future is going to be quite interesting seeing people actually able to pursue there options without having to do some of the more mundane jobs that are absolutely exhausting. This seems like a really well-thought post. Keep up the nice work!

    • I did not know that this revolution would only actually impact a smaller amount. I truly thought it would be impacting most everybody. Thank you for this little tidbit and insight. Much appreciated!

    • I agree, I think there will be several jobs lost to AI, it seems like there are big strides being made in the self driving car technology. Delivery jobs such as truck drivers, the postal service, even pizza delivery will most likely be automated. I think its Dominos pizza that is currently testing a self delivering car. I think it will be important to become familiar with technology and educated even if you don't need to find a new job.

    • I do think AI can be a scary thing to think about. I actually heard about two machines "talking" to each other and they created their own language to communicate. When I first heard that I was freaked out, but I think we get this negative stigma from fake dramatic movies. As we learn more, I think AI can be very useful and become less scary the more we understand it.

    • I believe that the future is beholden to more AI and that is a good thing for a good portion of society that struggles through the brinks of minimum wage jobs that go nowhere while barely being able to survive. I really enjoyed the video that I linked to. It basically just discussed some future jobs that will have more workers and a few that have no future. It is really interesting to see how the arts and potential of human knowledge thrive when they do not have to do mundane tasks. Sale associates, photographers, and doctors will thrive while jobs like taxis will become more obsolete. There will be a better world for education as well. Individuals will be able to access more of what they want. This will see an increase in educational formats similar to that of Finland or Norway that have some of the most successful educational systems in the world. It is an exciting future to consider and am really excited to see if our world will become a better place because of this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we7zHcsgo0o
      https://www.fastcompany.com/90237950/4-sobering-predictions-about-the-future-of-jobs-in-an-automated-world

    • It is impossible to predict which way the workforce willturn in 20 years, but we do know changes are coming. Artificial Intelligence wasa big topic in one of the articles I read. With time many jobs will be lost toAI and other new technologies. It is not just factory workers that lose jobs.Many accountants have lost jobs to new softwares that can balance sheets with afew buttons. While jobs are lost, some are also created. Before the 1970s programmingwas never even heard of, but with new technologies millions of jobs have beencreated. It’s a never-ending cycle of new creative inventions that are made. AIis designed to help with current jobs in the workforce. However, it’s naive to believethat jobs won’t be lost to AI. While some jobs such as surgeons or biologists, Ithink we are living in a time where a new workforce will be emerging. Newskills and education will have to be acquired and implemented to accommodate thechanges technology has made.

      You are absolutely right about other professions losing their workforce and not just factory workers or truck drivers. You mention accountants, this makes me think of all the tax preparers out there and how that is now a thing of the past. You no longer need to go see someone to have your taxes done, I remember being a child and going with my parents to their tax appointment every year. That has already changed, with programs such as H&R Block and Turbo Tax I can sit at home in my pajama's and do my taxes. I just open the form, answer the yes and now questions, type in a few numbers here and there, and my taxes are done. It's amazing when you look around and see what has changed just over the past 10 to 20 years.

    • You hit on a super important part of this subject. Making sure that the children are educated and the rest of us are keeping up with the technology. Learning and transitioning along can only help with the future changes.

    • The idea of AI and automation is becoming a quick mainstay of our society. Sometimes It's easy to forget how much of what we do already is automated or technologically assisted. I work in a factory and you already see how much things have changed in just the past 20 years. A big part of automation is still controlled by a human element though, it just requires a more well trained individual to assist in its functions. Wherein more training and education is necessary to keep up with the more demanding standards set by AI. I don't set much stake in the idea of tons of individuals losing their jobs, I just think jobs will change dramatically. For example, years ago, secretaries were mainly used for dictation. Now they have a multifaceted role in the organization of a workplace and daily management duties. Most of which are managed by their input in computer programs. Maybe I'm wrong and things will change drastically, but I feel like we've been here before. Maybe not this the degree of things like AI, but I don't feel like work gets replaced here. I just think our role in work changes.

      https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/how-will-automation-affect-jobs-skills-and-wages

    • Some companies have started replacing humans with robots, the reason for this is because, robots don't need time off, they don't need a break, and they simply are cheaper for a company to use instead of paying humans a living wage/benefits. The article I read stated that most automotive companies have switched to using robots, because it's cheaper for them. It also states that they believe machines will take over play a majority role in companies in the next 30 years. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/these-companies-are-already-replacing-humans-with-robots/ss-AAACAtQ

    • In this article, after reading it over what i took away from it is how robots are more likely to take over the low paying but high volume jobs, such as fast food and even jobs that require drivers. Jobs that require further schooling beyond high school are more likely safe, like nursing or cosmetologist. This isn't always the case though as i don't believe songwriters need a college level schooling to be successful, as stated in the article that song writers are a low risk for being replaced by robots. I am no song writer so maybe it does need college level school so don't quote me on that. Link: https://money.cnn.com/2017/09/15/technology/jobs-robots/index.html