Originally posted by kudegras
Isn't it great how technology is killing off all the skilled manufacturing jobs of bygones eras.
I know full well as a Trade qualified Printing Machinist with a Printing Business I had run for 10 years found myself at a cross roads in 1998.
My choice find a bank or money lender willing to back me as due to the advent of computers and copiers I found my bread and butter of 10 years, spot
colour work disapearing to be replaced with full colour work of which my machinery at the time couldn't do.
Looks like injection moulders and the like may start seeing a similar situation as myself.
I have nothing against technology, I just feel sad the people who have done the hard yards over many years. honing their craft only to see technology
killing off their job prospects by inventing machines that takes little skill to operate.
When the printing press was invented, bible scribes tore their hair out and put on sackcloth and cried that their world had ended. But it never
happened. They became authors of a great many other books and made printing profitable.
When guns were invented, swordmakers wept that their days were over. But it never happened. They made many more kinds of knives, not just for knights
but for EVERY household in our world.
I can go on. Man will NEVER be replaced by machines. Man only gets freed and ELEVATED to create something else, and evolve not only technology and
science, but humanity itself.
The current 3d printers are still only in its infancy - small and more of for hobbycraft or small scale production needs. However, big manufacturers
are not blind to see the potential of the printer, as well as the demise of their own production of small items, the 3 d printers can replicate.
In order to survive, they will have to RESEARCH & INNOVATE - create BIGGER 3d printers that will not just focus on hobbycraft, but actual crafts to
even aeroplane parts, with better research into molecular and atomic structures for stronger bonding, the alchemy of metals as raw materials for such
printers, into the holy grail of actually synthesizing matter itself as the RAW MATERIAL for the 3d printer.
What it means will be plenty of jobs to create competitive 3d printers in the world. Humans would be needed in the education, research, manufacturing,
management as well as maintenance fields in that industry.
And it does not end there with just 3d printers, the way the 1950s mainframe computers had not ended computer then as known, but EVOLVED into handheld
ipads we wear today, and it is still not the end of that product alone. It will be studied and build upon, just as every product ever created had gone
through such cycles - cathode ray tube tvs to smartTVs, etc.
Furthermore, 3d printers are but one product line only. With the research done, the findings will lead to the invention and creation of OTHER products
as well, meaning more jobs and wealth creation/distribution.
As for 3d printers however, not EVERYONE will be enamoured with similarly copied products that lacks originality, for humans have that vanity streak
in themselves to look different. Thus, special handicraft skills that are excellent will still be desired by them, and for the top few, they would pay
top dollar for such man-made products.
Evidences lay in the high growth and net worth of those companies, such as Prada, Ferrari, BrookBrothers, etc.
Do not fear the future. Only fear one's refusal, belligerances and stubborness to accept change, which is the only constant in life, a rolling
juggarnaut no man can hope to avoid. Adaptability, moving with the times, go with the flow using our gift of the brain is the way to survive and
Your's and my mind may be limited, viewing our advances as static. But out of 7 billion of us, for sure one or some of them is unlimited, as it had
been since our civilisation began. The potential of humankind gifted with life is vast, to progress as our progresses had proven.
The only issue is our spiritual development, regardless if religious faithfuls,gnostics or atheists. It is adherence to our civilisation's moral and
eithical guidelines that will help us evolve and keep our progess in check so that none be left behind.
edit on 4-1-2013 by SeekerofTruth101
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