Automation and Workforce

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Yeah, this one definitely looks interesting.

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On 2/11/2019 at 10:31 PM, Marina Schwarz said:

The US work force is splitting, and tech has some role in that.  However, outsourcing has an even bigger role. 

There's a hierarchy of professions.  Traditionally, one climbed the hierarchy this way:
1)  Poor, uneducated people start as laborers. 
2)  Those with ability and desire attend trade schools and finish out their careers as well-paid, skilled laborers.
3)  The children of skilled laborers had the opportunity to attend universities and become entry-level professionals, such as engineers.
4)  Some of the best entry-level professionals will continue their education and become mid/upper level professionals.  E.g. lawyers & executives.
5)  The children of professionals have the opportunity to attend even better universities than their parents did and have access to the best opportunities.
6)  Families who accrue sufficient wealth, experience, and connections start businesses and join the ranks of the wealthy. 

There are exceptions to this, of course.  Some people jump straight from the bottom to the top by starting businesses.  Still, this path is more normal. 

The problem in America is that we outsourced, gutting most of the entry/mid level jobs in the process.  Half of America - rural communities in particular - were left with no opportunity to gain experience, learn valuable skills, and network.  More so than tech, that's why America is splitting in half. 

Fortunately, Trump is in the process of correcting this. 

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