It is a known fact that technology is advancing at the most rapid rate in human history. Developments will continually be made as long as the most scientifically capable among us continue to do their work to ensure that humans don’t have to work.
Here are a few examples of this. Starbucks just came out with voice ordering. At grocery stores, there are self-checkout aisles. McDonald’s is developing a vending machine for their food at some restaurants. The commonality with all of these things is that the inventions try to minimize waste and maximize profits. This is not necessarily a bad thing, the ultimate goal of capitalism is to profit, however this leaves out a certain human cost. Jobs are being replaced by machines, this leaves people unemployed, argues some. I would argue that this mechanization is actually beneficial.
In our society, most people strive to have a job, to work, to contribute, or at the most basic level, to provide shelter and food for themselves by working. Working is seen as a good thing, and it is to many. However, with machines replacing many basic jobs like on assembly lines or in restaurants, the question is, how far can we go with this technology. It is my ultimate belief that in the search for profit most corporations will inevitably replace people with machines. There are some jobs that can’t be replaced, such as those who maintain the machines, or artists and the creativity-type jobs that robots simply cannot replicate at this stage of human development.
I would argue that this is good thing. If machines continue to produce more, make the manufacturing process more efficient, we should embrace this technology! Very few people desire to be a cog on a massive assembly line, people by nature are better than this. Those who recoil at the thought of losing manufacturing jobs simply have no sense of perspective. It does not matter if these jobs go to China, or to Mexico, I would encourage this if it grows their economy, if at the end of the day American machines can do the exact same work for free. The flow of jobs to 2nd and 3rd world countries is simply growing pains as they transition to a post-industrial society.
There are some who wish that America was the way it was back in the 1950’s. Those people argue that it was a more wholesome time, a more honest time. History is not something that you can turn back and forth as you please. When the US loses more and more manufacturing jobs, that simply means that we can provide more and more for our citizens. Capitalism is innovation, and this innovation will allow the US to transition to a time where machines can do all of the work for people. What is required is a radical change in mindset, a thought process that has been instilled in us by our American Capitalist System. We do not need to work all of the time if machines can provide it to us for free.
The economy of the future is not in any specific industry, rather it is in extraterrestrial exploration, scientific development, and the arts. We cannot mourn the death of American Manufacturing, rather we should develop our technology so that manufacturing is simply not a human task.