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What should governments do to prepare for the technological automation of human jobs?

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What should governments do to prepare for the technological automation of human jobs?

Answer by Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, on Quora:
https://www.quora.com/What-should-gover ... human-jobs
We know that the job market is changing, and instead of resisting in vain, we’re focused on funding research and innovation, like in AI and quantum computing, that’ll help lead the change here in Canada. And while we do that, we’re preparing Canadians to find good jobs through investments in education and training.

In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada brought in our Innovation and Skills Plan, which focuses on people and addresses the changing nature of the economy to ensure it works for all Canadians. The plan will build Canada as a world-leading innovation economy to create jobs and grow the middle class.

To help more unemployed Canadians get the training they need to get a good, well-paying job, our Government proposes to make better use of existing flexibilities within the Employment Insurance program that allow claimants to pursue self-funded training and maintain their EI status. For unemployed workers receiving EI, this will mean that they can return to school to get the training they need to find a new job—without fear of losing the EI benefits they need to support themselves and their families. This will provide greater security to Canadian families at a time when they need help most.

Budget 2017 proposes to provide $132.4 million over four years, beginning next year, and $37.9 million per year thereafter, to allow unemployed Canadians to pursue self-funded training while receiving Employment Insurance benefits.

If you’re looking to go back to school, boost your skills or get a new certification, we’re expanding access to grants and access to interest-free student loans for adults.

To make post-secondary education more affordable for adult learners with dependent children, our Government also intends to expand eligibility for Canada Student Grants for students who want to go back part-time while they work and students with dependent children, starting in the 2018–19 academic year.

And we’re going to invest in 13000 work-integrated learning placements for students to help young Canadians transition from school to work.
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Make sure its qualified Canadians that are actually programming the robots and computers, instead of TFW's would be a good start.

Canadians are already highly educated for the jobs of the future. The jobs just aren't being offered to them in significant numbers.
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burnt69 wrote: Make sure its qualified Canadians that are actually programming the robots and computers, instead of TFW's would be a good start.

Canadians are already highly educated for the jobs of the future. The jobs just aren't being offered to them in significant numbers.
Has nothing to do with TFW's. This is beyond who gets which jobs.

This is about automation. Face With Tears Of JoyFace With Tears Of JoyFace With Tears Of Joy

This means Person A is not competing with person B anymore . That job will be occupied by automation.
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kevindurant1 wrote: Has nothing to do with TFW's. This is beyond who gets which jobs.

This is about automation. Face With Tears Of JoyFace With Tears Of JoyFace With Tears Of Joy

This means Person A is not competing with person B anymore . That job will be occupied by automation.
Yeah and the robots and automation fell off the sky?
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Redsanta wrote: Yeah and the robots and automation fell off the sky?
OBVIOUSLY there will be some humans(ie, engineers, programmers, mechanics) involve in automation. But the bulk of the jobs that we have today will be replaced by automation.

For example:

You wont need to go to mcdonalds anymore. You can order it through your phone and it will arrive on your doorstep(using drones). The burger you eat, will be made by robots. Mcdonalds will use driverless shippers. Trucks on the road will be driverless. The vehicles they will be using is entirely automated and BUILT by robots.

This is what they say when they talk about automation.


robot chef


driverless trucks


amazon delivery

This is where its heading. If you are old now, you probably shouldnt care about this but if you are still a young guy like me. Thats a totally different story.
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Mechanization and automation have been putting people out of work for 150 years. If this trend continues, we'll have 5% unemployment in another 150 years.

Also, the sky is falling.
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We should be reducing immigration and dumping the saved money into innovation that benefits our industries like automated resource extraction, upgrading, and manufacturing and lowers our costs in places like health care. Without having to compete on labour costs due to automation, we could have a highly skilled workforce that focuses on sensibly extracting our resources and upgrading them to be sold to other markets. It would ensure that we get top value for our resources and provide us with the high value jobs that we need. Instead we'll continue to allow other countries to set the price of our valuable resources and ship out raw products for other countries to profit off of while we bring in thousands of more people to work at Tim Hortons and prop up the housing market.

Oh but we'll throw some money in the budget towards "innovation" and say that we're "planning" for the future.
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It is Canadians who drive up the real estate market, not foreigners.

hugh_da_man wrote: We should be reducing immigration and dumping the saved money into innovation that benefits our industries like automated resource extraction, upgrading, and manufacturing and lowers our costs in places like health care. Without having to compete on labour costs due to automation, we could have a highly skilled workforce that focuses on sensibly extracting our resources and upgrading them to be sold to other markets. It would ensure that we get top value for our resources and provide us with the high value jobs that we need. Instead we'll continue to allow other countries to set the price of our valuable resources and ship out raw products for other countries to profit off of while we bring in thousands of more people to work at Tim Hortons and prop up the housing market.

Oh but we'll throw some money in the budget towards "innovation" and say that we're "planning" for the future.
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In another world
Online shopping killing retails stores, automation killing human jobs.
We'll become the fat guys in Wall-E.
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I think some form of "re-education program" either via grants/subsidies/loans or straight up specialized programs would be good to target for those whose jobs are at a risk of being displaced. That way they have an easier time transitioning into other roles.
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gontori wrote: Online shopping killing retails stores, automation killing human jobs.
We'll become the fat guys in Wall-E.
Once we get the economical aspect sorted out. More time for me to become the ultimate ubermensch in body, mind, and soul.
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kevindurant1 wrote:
You wont need to go to mcdonalds anymore. You can order it through your phone and it will arrive on your doorstep(using drones).
In other news, job opportunities in interventional cardiology up 200%!
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i6s1 wrote: Mechanization and automation have been putting people out of work for 150 years. If this trend continues, we'll have 5% unemployment in another 150 years.

Also, the sky is falling.
The advancement we have had so far is to make things more productive and efficient WITH human labour. We get our income through that effort.

This next jump in automation is to replace that human labour with robots.
Also, the sky is falling.
Its called preparing for the inevitable future.
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"what should governments do to prepare for the technological automation of human jobs?"

i guess the government could bring in millions of unskilled immigrants to do these jobs that will eventually be automated...
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The government should figure out how to plug the leaks of money being concentrated near the top, then offshored or hoarded, then once that's figured out, come up with a basic minimum income.
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