studying in College for nothing

We found our new post on this website.
Here a blogger is speaking over a change that happened around year 2000. Before year 2000 we got a lot of automation caused by machines. After year 2000 this is changing to the automation by software. This makes also a change in the jobs that disappear. Before 2000 we were only changing the workjobs like building cars to machinejobs. But the more automated those jobs are getting the more difficult it will be to replace. Think of a plumber or a firefighter. In software those limits are far more easy to break, especially as the hardware evolves (Moore). The blogger says that a lot of jobs we learn in college are based on knowledge. If there is one thing that computers are good at, it’s knowledge through databases . As a result a lot of college students won’t find work anymore and it has no longer an advantage to spend money on college for a job that not asked for.
Technology will kill not only the low skilled jobs but also the high skilled. and this at the same time.

I’m sure this will happen in the closed future. but we have to make a difference in sort of college studies . If it is pure knowledge based then indeed it will be taken over by technology. But the moment you need creativity, thinking outside the box or ethic problems, it will take a lot more time. A doctor can be helped with a machine who knows all the sicknesses and his symptoms. There is even a supercomputer that is more accurate in finding the diseases then every doctor. But the responsibility has to still lay with someone, that’s where we still need the men in the white dress.
The collegejobs will not disappear in de close future, we only will need less of it.
http://econfuture.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/technology-is-killing-jobs-for-skilled-college-educated-workers/

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7 thoughts on “studying in College for nothing

  1. nicolemmens

    He might be right stating that technology is improving on all levels, making humans redundant in the process. However, being able to use these advanced technologies correctly is based on a lot of knowledge. Even if a machine can operate with the push of a simple button, being able to understand the underlying process is still often vital for understanding what the limitations and possibilities are, and what the correct end product (whatever it maybe, service or good) should look like.

    I’m thinking of a stupid simple analogue; office coffee machines nowadays operate on this simple ‘one push on a button’ principle.
    Someone who doesn’t know how they work might not understand why it starts failing if he’s been filling it with overly hard water, and might accept the white flakes of clustered chalk that are floating around in his mug. In the end the goal of any technology ‘we’ create is to serve us, humans. And it will always be necessary for the end user to understand the process to some extent. The more complicated stuff gets, the more educated people need to be to use it, in this way I’m figuring the future will only need more college graduates.

    This is ceteris paribus, the day we reach the (perhaps scary) point where technology is autonomous and intelligent enough to continue improving itself it may all change. But society might look different by then, even at the speed stuff is progressing right now.

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    1. vignero Post author

      Indeed Nico this could be the beginning state of the software culture. But Imagine the big difference in how much information we use compared with computers. To follow your example, imagine indeed that there are coffeemachines. but with even more software in it. so if you have a problem some let’s will get burning and everybody knows can find in a catalogue what the problem is. The only thing a collegestudent has ‘more’ then a worker is knowledge and understanding. Knowledge is easy taken into place by a computer. Understanding is a lot more difficult but can be programmed ones and the system knows it. If the coffeesystem breaks down without knowing the problem. a specialist comes to find the problem and then through a softwareupdate this problem will never happen again without knowing what the problem was. So indeed you still need to find every possible fault ones, but that is much less then now.

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  2. Jonas Meirhaeghe

    First of all, lets be focus on the statement: ‘Technology will kill not only the low skilled jobs but also the high skilled and this at the same time’. Here, I am not totally agree with. I don’t think that technology will kill the low skilled jobs but rather the society will kill the low skilled jobs. Since we are living in a quality society, more and more students prefer to study at the university. Every student wants to have a successful career. Therefore, technology can be a solution to replace the low skilled jobs hence nobody wants to do it. I think that people aren’t high educated, can work together with technology such as in the automobile. I think in future, it will not change a lot. What do you think about this statement?
    Beside this, if we are looking to the example of the coffee machines and the doctors: the consequences in case of failure aren’t that big in contrast to a failure of a machine in the hospitals. I think that it isn’t ethical to replace a doctor in a machine… Besides, who will go for a treatment under a machine where the risks is possible that failure occur? Suppose the machine crashes during an operation, what will be the consequences? Who will be responsible? Doctors or the builders of the machine?

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    1. vignero Post author

      The question is , do we study because we want a highskill job, or because we know that there is an opportunity to work and it is payed very well. If the ask for low skilled jobs( hardware jobs like plommer) is asked more and is payed more, what will the young people decide to do. Will you study 5 years if only one year will get you more money and more chance for a job

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      1. Jonas Meirhaeghe

        I would say that most students will study an education because of the high demand in that area. It gives them the opportunity to get easily to a job. Moreover, the two are related with each other. We study a high education in order to have a high-skill job. Most of the time, a high-skill job is related to a good salaries.

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    2. vignero Post author

      Ask your self this question. WIll you do an surgery on yourself that is 80 percent chance of working or 95 percent of working? Does it mater then who does the operation?

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      1. Jonas Meirhaeghe

        Doctors have to study a least seven years to become a doctor. With automation, they can be easily replaced. What is the than the main goal to study at least seven years? According to my opinion, I would choose to lead the surgery by a doctor. Additionally, do you have these values of per cent by a paper or do you just make a hypothesis?

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