To this point, both major political parties have failed to address the impending crisis due to automation. Almost 5 million U.S. factory jobs have vanished in the last 20 years. 90% of those jobs were lost to increased productivity due to automation (Ball State University). In the coming years, automation won’t just replace blue collar manufacturing jobs. Many careers like delivery drivers, airline pilots, healthcare workers, paralegals, journalists, and even surgeons will be replaced by robotics or artificial intelligence. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that 38% of U.S. jobs are at a high risk of being wiped out by 2030! We do not have the luxury to ignore this problem any longer.
My plan is bold, but doable. It is time to explore computer coding as a language, building innovative educational programs, and new investments into job training for people left behind in this new economy.