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24 points by 31reasons 1668 days ago | hide | past | web | 6 comments | favorite

By 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear

Big data will replace the need for 80% of all doctors

Those two are scary

> Those two are scary

Yup, quite, but I tend to believe that the trend of jobs being automated only to be replaced with new information technology/creative/human interaction jobs is going to continue, as it has for the last century or longer.

It might be difficult to imagine a future where there are enough jobs to keep everybody occupied, but then again, it was probably the same when automated manufacturing made line workers largely obsolete; computers made typists obsolete; farm equipment made much farm labour obsolete, etc.

What the missing jobs took away in jobs have been largely offset by improved standards of living for everybody, better infrastructure and an economy that provides a stronger social net that fewer people fall through; high-paying technology jobs that power even more progress for humanity. We're living in the most prosperous, peaceful, socially equal period of human history, and I (along with many experts) only expect this to get better.

Interesting Ted talk that talks about this: http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_diamandis_abundance_is_our_fu...

Edit: Quoted section of OP's comment that I was replying to.

I think thats good news. Aren't people tired of jobs that they don't love ? These 2 billion jobs will be done by the robots and computers, and eventually it will be 99% jobs. But thats the goal. But until we move to 99%, there will be lot of pain caused by loss of job and income unless governments create protection plans for people.

But I am wondering what kind of innovation would get rid of 80% of lawyers!

But I am wondering what kind of innovation would get rid of 80% of lawyers!

Now, THAT would be very welcome !!

> Big data will replace the need for 80% of all doctors

I believe it is true, but more for dieting reasons than anything else.

Right now this quote is still true:

"The food industry doesn't care about health, and the health industry doesn't care about food".

I hope big data will change that. The future is keto.

> Those two are scary

Right, because if you don't have a job, you don't deserve to have a house, a car, or self-respect.

Also, if you're born a serf, you're bound to a manor, and smallpox is God's way of reminding you that all humans are born in a state of profound sin.

Technology drives culture.

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