DNA - Sputnik International
Science & Tech
Discover the latest science and technology news from Sputnik including the inventions and scientific breakthroughs that are shaping the world.

New Job-Killer Drones Look to Put Over 4.23 Million Americans Out of Work

© Photo : PixabayDrone
Drone - Sputnik International
Subscribe
International
India
The PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting firm released a deeply concerning prediction of the coming displacement of American workers by drones.

A report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) on Monday estimates that commercial applications for drones will replace $127 billion in services and labor annually "in the very near future," signaling a growing tide toward automation that could threaten the American working class.

A ballistic missile is launched and tested in an undisclosed location, Iran, in this handout photo released by Farsnews on March 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
‘Israel Must Be Wiped Out’: Iran Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Tel Aviv

Drones could serve to disproportionately devastate the construction and agricultural industries, accounting for nearly $80 billion of employment related "savings."

A person earning what economists now consider a "living wage" of $15/hr earns roughly $30,000 over the course of a year. Assuming that is the living wage baseline, widespread drone use could result in 4.23 million lost jobs, or some 3.5% of the entire US workforce. In reality, many Americans in these sectors earn closer to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and so the job-destroying ramifications, seen as dire, may in fact be cataclysmic.

Business executives boast that drone technology can serve vital real-time monitoring tasks, including enhancing security, and could fully replace human labor at dangerous mining and construction work sites. The question remains whether this technological revolution will result in further economic and political instability by displacing low-skilled workers, akin to the shift toward robotic labor in the automotive industry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Sputnik International
Russian Foreign Ministry: Turkey Aiding Daesh, Hindering Syrian Peace Talks

Notwithstanding the troubling potential impact on America’s socio-economic tapestry, companies like Google and Amazon continue to lead the charge in commercializing drone technology, hoping to replace the United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx by dispatching an army of autonomous robots to deliver anything and everything.

It’s a political season marred by increased worker frustration and vocal demands for a reversal of growing income inequality. But, behind the scenes, America’s corporate intelligentsia have their sights set on replacing workers altogether. As the Northrop Grumman drone slogan goes, the future will be forged by "unmanned power."

Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала