Autonomous Hauling: A Sign of Things to Come

06 Apr

Illegal Aliens? [courtesy Google Images]

Illegal Aliens?
[courtesy Google Images]

Here’s an 8 minute video that has nothing to do with the law and–at first glance–not much to do with the economy.  But it has lots to do with the economy because it demonstrates that, thanks to computerization, automation and robotization, the need for truck drivers, chauffeurs, deliverymen, etc. , is going to shrink and perhaps disappear over the next few years.

Caterpillar is automating trucks the size of your house and eliminating their drivers.  So long as the technology works, it will undoubtedly be safer, more reliable and less costly than using trucks that include drivers.

But what’s going to happen to the drivers?  Will they be trained to become systems’ analysts, rocket scientists or medical doctors?  Or will they become permanently unemployed?

There’s a fundamental problem with robotics, automation and computers.  The first people to be replaced by robots will be those who are least intelligent and who have heretofore had fairly menial jobs.  But, as menial occupations are increasingly filled by robots and automation, where will menial workers find new jobs?

Increasingly, they won’t find new jobs.  The first jobs taken by robots will be from people who lack the intelligence to get better jobs.  Then what?  They don’t have to work?  They just live on welfare?  I guarantee that the people and companies who own robots will scream about the injustice of having to pay high taxes to subsidize the people who can no longer compete with the robots.  The people who own robots will be rich.  Congress will listen to them, cater to them.  Congress will pass laws to cut welfare payments to former menial employees and may even seek to pass laws to eliminate the “menials”.

The menials will suffer, riot or even die.

And then the automation technology that allowed trucks to “drive” without drivers, will allow the businesses that run those trucks to operate without mid-level managers–and a whole new class of people will become permanently unemployed and unemployable.

Eventually, almost no one will have a real job.

Once that happens,how long will it be before someone inevitably asks, Why do we need all of these unemployed people?  If we didn’t have so many unemployed people, we wouldn’t need so many robots; we wouldn’t need to mine so much iron ore, grow so many GMO crops or pollute so much of the atmosphere.

Once our jobs are taken by robots, we become unnecessary.

Once we’re deemed unnecessary, the impulse to “cull the herd” will become almost irresistible.

I’m not talking about some sort of genocide that takes place a century from now in some highly futuristic scenario.  I’m talking about impulses that already exist in private and can be expected to “go public” within the next ten to twenty years when it seems clear that we can’t afford the unemployable.


•  What happens to China–a nation populated by hundreds of millions of menial laborers–when tens of millions of their industrial jobs are taken by robots?  Chinese industries will be compelled to automate if they want to remain competitive.  But if they automate, millions of Chinese people will lose their jobs and find no alternative jobs.  What then?

Assuming that automation will cause the US job base to persistently shrink over the next decades, why are we allowing–even encouraging–illegal aliens (cheap labor) to enter this country?  We’re bringing millions of illegals into an economy that won’t even be able to provide enough jobs for those who were born in this country, and not enough welfare for those legal Americans who’ve been replaced by robots.

What are we going do with all the people who’ve been “outsourced” by robots?  How will we support them?  What will they do with their lives?  Become craftsmen and artisans–or drunks and drug addicts?

Automation and robotization are on the verge of causing some extraordinary, profound and even spiritual issues which may not be amenable to “humane” solutions.


video   00:08:11




Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Robots, Technology


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10 responses to “Autonomous Hauling: A Sign of Things to Come

  1. Mary

    April 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Seems the video is missing or am I missing something.

    • Adask

      April 6, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      The video works for me. It’s at the very end of the article which is on the second page of the article.

  2. pesky nat

    April 6, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Presuming that this “automation” keeps “progressing” who will be able to buy the automation products?

    • PatriotOne

      May 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      I’m with you on this pesky; if there are no workers able to purchase a product why manufacture any product? however, the robot systems do need to be manufactured and maintained; therefore only the makers and maintainers of robots will be able to buy products, and probably only shelter and food.
      if this be true, could not GOVERNMENT be replaced by robots? after all, all GovCo employees, being true to their nature, are just doing their job–like any good robot would do.

  3. Anthony Clifton

    April 6, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    it would be like way cool if you could do a radio show with
    Michael Tellinger….

    and discuss some of his work,
    and observations concerning the “future” possibilities…

    for people who don’t comply with the alleged Authorities
    and their “Agenda”…

    Jesus said emphatically….

    “Fear Not”…!

  4. Howard R Music

    April 6, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    I don’t think it will work. Drone aircraft crash at a much higher rate than piloted aircraft. GPS will try to get you to drive on an unfinished road. I work at the airport and there are robot security gates. They screw up all the time backing up traffic.

  5. raymond pinsonneault

    April 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Finally, mankind will once again devote its time being more creative and caring ….. everyone doing their own menial jobs as well as the important ones for his/her own family’s welfare … bravo let the robots do the meaningless jobs and let us devote our time to the meaningful ones as we enjoy living life. Exploring the sciences of oceans, environment, inner earth, arts, literature, music, etc ..

    A new era is coming to light we cannot yet imagine what will replace today’s economy nor the jobs of the future ….. timelessness, electromagnetic travel, free global energy, food and water for all …the earth belongs to each of us who inhabit it and cannot be bought or sold.

    • Adask

      April 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      I don’t think it’s that simple. Sooner or later, someone or some computer is going to notice that we’re polluting the atmosphere and mining all the minerals out of the earth’s surface to make robot-machines so a bunch of unnecessary, uncomprehending people can get drunk, do drugs and make more babies so we can make more robots and keep tearing up the earth. It’s nice to think that we’ll all become artists and craftsmen, but a bunch of us are more likely to spend their lives trying to invent a better variety of crack. I don’t think many people can find meaning without work or warfare.

      I hope your optimism about the future is warranted, but I’m unable to see it happening. If we’re going to a robotized world, I think we’re also headed for a significant reduction in human population.

    • PatriotOne

      May 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      nice thoughts Raymond “let us devote our time to the meaningful ones as we enjoy living life. Exploring the sciences of oceans, environment, inner earth, arts, literature, music, etc ..” ; however, who or what is the “”us””? cockroaches or ants or birds?
      I believe that any man making use of a robot in place of a man-able task cares not for any man but him-self. evidence any “preacher” traveling in his private jet to an impoverished land in order to make an infomercial seeking funds for the hungry (soon to be replaced by robot preacher)…


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