Computers have come along way from where they were, from a computer the size of a room to a computer that can fit in your pocket. Computers are not just machines that can surf the internet, play video games, and send your friends funny cat videos. Computers are everywhere, from a digital alarm clock to a Keurig. It is from computers like these, computers designed with one set program and propose, is where this ethical issue comes in, computers replacing jobs.
From a purely business standpoint, it makes sense to replace a human with a computer. The computer doesn’t need to get paid, doesn’t call in sick, and it doesn’t make mistakes. Almost every industry has been affected by this, from manufacturing (car factories) to retail (going to Amazon instead of a store). Even journalism hasn’t been able to escape this change, with TV, radio, and newspapers being replaced by the internet.
A report from the McKinsey Global Institute predicts that by 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation. In the US, around a third of the total workforce, 39 to 73 million jobs, could become automated. While some jobs will be lost to computers, there will be new jobs in there place. These jobs, however, could require a completely different skill set, leading to people still losing their jobs.
Should jobs become automated by computers, if so, to what extent?