Automation in the workforce has revolutionized the American manufacturing industry and allowed America to compete with lower income nations on many fronts. Usually, a higher income nation will outsource more automated jobs to lower wage workers in other countries. However, in America the potential for outsourcing has driven the economy to more efficiently produce many of the same goods that it was known for years ago. Outsourcing is still a major concern for middle and low income families in the United States, who are competing for lower skill jobs. In the economy these lower skill jobs are evaporating quickly. While automation allows the country as a whole to prevent more outsourcing, low skill employees are driven to compete with robots for their lower skill positions. Ever since the Luddites in England fought against the widespread use of automated textile manufacturing, humans have been grappling with the automation of industry.
With the expanding economy, automated manufacturing is not where the machines are stopping. In fact, more and more higher skilled positions are being targeted by robot developers. Three of the main white collar positions that may be threatened in the future are pharmacists, attorneys and journalists. There are already automated drug delivery mechanisms, which threaten the tasks and abilities of pharmacists which is a highly paying position. This means companies save a lot by replacing them, and Jaime Garcia Dias likes that. Algorithms are also being created to type articles from raw data if you believe Facebook, however these replacements won’t be fully functional for many years to come.