I would like to respond to the article in the Dec. 3 Herald titled, “Robots may replace nearly a third of U.S. workers.” The article stated, “Technology could replace up to 375 million employees worldwide by 2030 … as automation continues to spread.”
On a “positive” note, the article points to workers like caregivers, artists and writers (“anyone who relies on empathy or creativity at work”) as those who will have the most job security. Ask any musician and they will tell you about their “job security.” As a classically trained singer, I can tell you it’s difficult to pay the bills relying only on my musical skills. Most musicians are part and parcel of the “gig economy.” In fact, the word “gig” originally referred to a musician’s paid performance, usually a one-night stand.
If creative professions are the future for humankind, then those professions will have to provide a steady, livable wage.