Its astounding to see this phenomena put into a simple number.They calculate the job losses resulting from the addition of one robot in a “commuting zone.” Their bottom line: “one more robot in a commuting zone reduces employment by about six workers.”
These job losses are concentrated
in blue collar occupations such as machinists, assemblers, material handlers and welders. Workers in these occupations engage in tasks that are being automated by industrial robots, so it is natural for them to experience the bulk of the displacement effect created by this technology.
1 robot = 6 workers
Its just a matter of time before transportation and warehousing jobs are added to that list of positions being automated.
AI and robotics are working their way up the food chain. This is really going to break the wealth distribution systems we have, not to mention probably exacerbate the stresses on communities and individuals as yet further opportunities for meaning and dignity through work are eliminated.
If only we could figure this out. We are on the verge of unlimited leisure time for humanity. Unfortunately, I don't think most of us are prepared for that scale of slack. This could be a wonderful thing but will likely be a nightmare.