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Clinton questions employment effects of automation

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The American Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has voiced concern that technology such as driverless cars will have on the job market.

In an interview with LinkedIn she said the pace of automation is accelerating, the impact on jobs that used to be seen as unlikely, if not impossible, to be done without a human being doing them seems to be in the brink of increasing.  “So I think this is a serious issue and it needs to be addressed by our government, by business, by education and the like,” she said.

“Driverless cars may be an exciting new step in transportation, but that means a lot of trucks and cabbies and Uber drivers and a lot of other people may well lose jobs,” she continued.  “So how do we think about that?  You see, I believe that people should have work with purpose and dignity. I think it’s so much a part of the human DNA.  I’ve looked at polling, research done around the world and you can ask somebody in the poorest or the richest country, in places where there’s conflict and strife, places where there’s nothing but peace and prosperity, what do you want?  And surprisingly, it is so similar across the board. People want a good job to provide for themselves and their families so that they can, you know, have education for their kids, healthcare for their family, a better future. This is baked into who we are as human beings.”

Concerns have been raised by many politicians and experts around the world about the risk to jobs caused by automation, not just professional drivers but also manufacturers and retailers if more vehicles are shared rather than owned.  However others have pointed out that the industrial revolution led to a reduction in the number of people working in agriculture, but having the effect of increasing leisure time and reducing the numbers doing “back breaking work”.


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