May 022012

By Jason Souders

The article titled “F**k U-Scan” (April, 2012) was an insightful look into our current employment situation and the state of automated technology. Yet I feel that the focus of the article antagonized technology when the problem lies in the economic system in which that technology resides.

It should not be our plight to create more mindless jobs with low pay, no benefits, and no purpose. I want robots and computers to replace every mundane, repetitive, and soulless task that is currently occupied by a glassy-eyed debt slave that cannot afford to buy breakfast cereal. Those are jobs for machines, not living breathing human beings with souls, imagination, and feelings. Continue reading »

Apr 042012

Automated technology and job displacement

By Nishaan Sandhu 

 Automated technology is becoming more common in nearly every venue of the world marketplace. Supermarket U-Scans, automated bank tellers, and computerized technical support systems serve as time savers for some while inspiring strings of expletives for others.

The isolating nature of U-Scan and other computerized customer service results in major job losses, a huge impact on the economy, and a significant decrease in everyday social interactions.  Instead of saving labor for the benefit of the workers, technology continues to drive the wedge between the ultra-wealthy and the growing ranks of the poor.

The corporate bottom line: no workers comp necessary for broken U-Scans. Photo by Captain Comannokers.

When discussing the unemployment rate that remains at a high level, it seems much easier to become passionately angered by offshoring or job displacement than to recognize how our nation’s motto of “I want it fast and I want it now!” actually takes away jobs.  Let’s take a moment and think, what is the real price of this modern day convenience we call U-Scan?   Continue reading »