Ethics: Effect of technology on economics

“The robots are taking over!” Although that’s a line out of many science fiction books and movies, it is undeniable that robots are becoming an increasing part of our world. One area we’re seeing more robots is in jobs. As robots become less expensive, they cost less than a human doing the same work. In manufacturing, robot sales have jumped 32% since last year in the U.S.

Inevitably this will lead to job losses for humans. But what else will we lose? This author discusses how doing “menial” work actually helps employees become better as they learn and grow in their careers.

Questions to discuss with students:

What menial chores or tasks do you do at school and at home? What do you think you’re learning from doing those jobs? What if a robot did them for you? How would that change your daily life? How would that change your future?