A central theme at the Manna Project is that automation is going to destroy so many jobs in the coming years that society will not be able to adapt quick enough. There are a number of studies that are predicting the loss of tens of millions of jobs in the United States alone. Countries like China and those in the EU face similar percentages of losses.
This is one of the main reasons we believe distributing a basic income is going to be necessary. This is purely a technological move that is going to destroy the jobs. It will be global in scale, affecting the third world nations first, before moving to the more developed ones.
Sadly, there are many who tend not to follow what is happening. We all lead busy lives so not spending one's day reading about technological innovations and how it will affect society is understandable. This is, however, a necessary part of the educational process that must be carried forward.
Each week, we are going to compile a few stories that show what is happening in this area. They will be linked to the original source and contain information about part of the oncoming technological boom.
We hope this helps each reader to garner some idea of the potential that is ahead of us. The studies done that conclude tens of millions of job losses is made real when one sees the research that is taking place.
Here are the submissions:
The restaurant industry is poised to be completely disrupted by technology. This is going to have a serious impact on the millions of workers in this industry. For now, the automation could be seen as enhancing human efforts but will this continue?
We are seeing the move happen in different parts of the world.
Alibaba opened up this restaurant in China.
We shared this one before about a automated burger maker in California.
Now we come across a robot cooker in Boston created by a group of MIT graduates.
The common thread among these innovations is that the companies are able to keep the food prices down. How do they do that? The most logical answer is the labor cost for cooking the food is basically eliminated. The Alibaba innovation also eliminates the cost of delivery to the table.
Will we see this become commonplace in the restaurant business?
Not to be outdone, the hotel industry is getting into the act.
This hotel has 3 different robots helping out customers.
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