5 Things About The Advancement of Modern Technology That Terrifies People


Robots weld the bodyshell of a Toyota Camry Hybrid car on the assembly line at the Toyota plant in Melbourne

Robots Taking Our Jobs 

We see it every day in the grocery store. The convenient self-checkout lanes might make our trips to the store easier, but these machines take away jobs that people may want and need. Since the creation of the modern assembly line by Ransom Olds in 1901 and later perfected by Henry Ford in 1913, manufacturing large machines has become easier. Today, there are manufacturing robots that have replaced human hands. In the 1950s and ’60s, many people relied on these jobs and many lived comfortably from them. Now those jobs are scarce, and cities like Detroit are feeling the effects.

The Digital Age May Not Be the Utopia Millennials Thought It Would Be

Millennials are the generation of racially accepting, diverse, progressives who are obsessed with technology and only have wonderful things to gain from the digital age.

That’s the idea of the younger generation that has been packaged, pitched and sold for years.

It’s also a perception that may not be as accurate as it initially seemed.

A report published by Al Jazeera proved that millennials aren’t as progressive as they claim to be and now Kentucky journalism professor David R. Wheeler is suggesting that the digital age has a clear message for the young people in its workforce.

“Drop dead.”

That’s what Wheeler says Silicon Valley is really telling millennials.

For years, the technology industry has been perceived as a saving grace for graduates and those who want to be CEOs rather than employees.

Young mobile app developers have high hopes of becoming the next emerging tech billionaires and the unemployment troubles for the younger generation will soon be nonexistent. Right?

Not quite.

“Silicon Valley is tossing millennials aside like yesterday’s laptop,” Wheeler writes in a blog post for CNN.

He lists some troubling and true statistics.

“But despite falling unemployment, college grads age 22 to 27 are stuck in low-paying jobs that don’t even require a college degree,” he adds. “The percentage of young people languishing in low-skill, low-paying jobs is 44 percent, a 20-year high.”

He adds that only 36 percent of college graduates are even working jobs with salaries of at least $45,000.

After adjusting for inflation, it marks a severe decline from the 1990s.

Statistics also revealed that more and more graduates are getting paid less than $25,000, and other studies suggest the younger generation is rarely given the benefits expected from full-time employment.

These numbers aren’t new. In the past, they have been used to suggest that the labor market is more competitive than ever and reveal the lack of value placed on young hires fresh out of college.

That’s always where Silicon Valley promised to be different.

Where other industries failed to value young, innovative minds, the world of tech was supposed to cherish them.

Wheeler says that’s not what’s happening.

The younger generation is not rushing off to become tech entrepreneurs or successful app developers, although that’s what their dreams may have been.

The rapidly growing digital age is actually forcing many young workers into “sharing-economy jobs.”

“The sharing-economy jobs are even worse than minimum wage jobs because they offer no stability or protections for workers,” Wheeler writes. “Sharing-economy jobs aren’t really jobs at all; they’re freelance gigs.”

Gigs like becoming Uber drivers.

Gigs where the major corporation receives the greatest economic benefit from a young worker’s service while the actual driver pulls in shockingly low amounts of revenue.

There are also those long-standing concerns with technology snatching jobs from blue collar workers.

It all points to a bleak reality of more high-tech jobs for some, while many current middle-class workers would be out of work.

It’s certainly something to consider and all the more reason why technological progression must come with balance and caution.

Tech’s limitations should also be defined by ethics and not merely by what is technologically and scientifically possible.

At the same time, one must understand that as time passes, certain jobs will certainly be replaced as other new types of jobs grow in demand.

Hey, at one point men and women were being paid to set up the pins at bowling alleys rather than having machines take over and reset the game in a matter of seconds.

When it comes to a happy relationship between tech and the middle class, Silicon Valley and all those involved will have to work hard to maintain a certain level of economic and ethical balance.

6 High-Paying Jobs for Introverted Black Nerds



Salary: Up to $96,000+

Becoming an astronomer is a very long and arduous process. One must earn a doctorate degree and pay a lot of dues. Astronomers study the stars, planets, celestial bodies and how space operates as a whole. They monitor satellites and observe the night sky. Astronomy makes use of mathematics, chemistry, quantum mechanics and other science disciplines.

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Digital Game Developer

Salary: Up to $200,000

These software developers spend long hours looking at a computer screen. They must know 3-D animation, math, science and computer science to have a career like this. They must also love long hours and video games.

Joe Biden Stresses Importance of Tech Jobs for Black Women ‘From the Hood’

At a recent event that focused on youth unemployment, Vice President Joe Biden stressed the importance of tech jobs being accessible to Black women “from the hood” despite a push for comprehensive amnesty legislation.

The Urban Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce, which promised to invest $50 million into supporting comprehensive amnesty legislation, came together for the event Friday where Biden shared a personal experience about witnessing Black women thriving in the tech space.

During a recent visit to UST Global, a placement operation for IT firms, he explained that women from low-income neighborhoods were able to change their lives for the better through their work in the IT space.

UST Global asked the vice president to come see one of the programs “they have going on at a community college in the inner city of Detroit.”

Biden accepted the invitation and was pleased with what he saw.

“And I walked in and there was, I think it … was a 15-week program, and it was a group of women from the neighborhood, or from the ‘hood,” he said.

Biden explained that the women varied in age from 24 up to 58 and all earned competitive salaries.

“These were people with high school degrees coming out of the most hard-scrabbled neighborhoods, every one of them in Detroit,” he said. “Every one had a job. The lowest starting salary – $58,000. The highest – [$81,000], because in Detroit, there is an immediate need now for 1,000 programmers.”

He also referred to a recent study that estimated that the U.S. will need roughly 1.4 million new workers in the tech space in the next 10 years.

These jobs include everything from software developers to computer network specialists.

According to Ron Hira, a public policy professor at Howard University and an H-1B expert, these jobs can serve as “pathways” to the middle class.

“It’s a way of getting into the middle class and the professional class, and that’s being cut off,” Hira said on a conference call with nonpartisan tech scholars, according to Breitbart News.

Hira was referring to the major push being made by pro-amnesty lobbyists.

Tech giants are moving forward with laying off thousands of American workers and attempting to fill those positions with cheaper foreign labor.

Microsoft recently laid off 18,000 American workers but is still pushing for increases in guest-worker visas.

Hira even slammed Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show for “pouring millions of dollars into lobbying efforts for amnesty legislation,” Breitbart News reported.

U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow recently wrote to President Barack Obama about the amnesty programs and explained that they could have a “disastrous effect” on the lives of Black Americans and legal immigrants.