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Old March 23rd, 2015, 10:42 AM   #31
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That would include Doctor's. Applications for medical school are way down. Why do you suppose that is?
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Old March 24th, 2015, 06:54 AM   #32
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That would include Doctor's. Applications for medical school are way down. Why do you suppose that is?
All of my physician friends are pushing their children away from medical school, mostly due to Obamacare.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 06:58 AM   #33
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I don't know exactly your situation but up here journeymen carpenters, plumbers, electricians, machinists, mechanics and metalworkers are in great demand. BAs are mostly waiting tables or equivalent.

(Journeyman means finished tech training, an apprenticeship and passed an association or government certification exam. I don't know if you use that terminology.)
Demand for the skilled trades is picking up in the US as well, and finally wages are starting to increase in those fields to make up for losses in the last few years.

It looks like STEM grads are starting to see increased demand as well.
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Old March 27th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #34
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I have seen machines and computers replace workers, and don't doubt that shift is happening.

I now live in farm and timber country, and have seen the jobs go. For awhile I lived on the coast where women lost their shrimp picking jobs to a machine. I did both hand pick shrimp and work on the conveyor belt when the machine came in.

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Agriculture Industry Looking To Replace Farm Workers With Robotic Machines | Fox News Latino This link will tell you of the labor shortage. We have a large homeless population and I can think of a few people who should be told, "you work or you don't eat". My children picked strawberries on a farm, with me. We did this because I wanted them to be adjusted to working, and we don't adjust our young for working any more, but give everyone food stamps. A homeless person can get a couple of hundred dollars of food stamps, and a college loan, which in some cases pays for the beer. Hum, perhaps I should avoid the reality of my neighborhood, because I don't like it. Whatever, as long as we can afford to feed the homeless, I suppose it is a good thing we develop machines to resolve the labor shortage problem.

According to studies of ants, the larger the population, the greater the chances of war, but our high tech. armed forces does not need the number of people needed during WW1 and WWII. We now have million dollar bombs with multiple war heads, and robots that have replaced the troops we once needed.
Doubt it. I don't trust a robot at all on a battlefield and I'm not impressed with anything other than manned drones in the air. Besides, I was referring, as RNG said, to the fact that wars will reduce the population.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 08:44 AM   #35
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I'm very skeptic of this futurologist kind of bull about robots or programs replacing human workers. Maybe in Star Trek but not in the real world.

But since we have too many people I guess that means war.
Your understanding of robotics leaves you poorly prepared for our present reality, not to mention the future when this technology is more developed. If you are young and still considering a career, you might want more information about robotics.

Robotics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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All of my physician friends are pushing their children away from medical school, mostly due to Obamacare.
I think that is a statement about what is wrong with the our medical system. Too many people in it for the money, instead of the good they can do. This problem might be noticed, until one has a more complicated medical problem, and than the problem becomes very obvious. It can mean ending up in the morgue with a tag telling the world you are dead, when you are only in a temporary comma. That is a temporary comma if you get immediate treatment, but a permanent comma if you for dead. This happened to a young man I know, and my granddaughter saved his life, by noticing he was still alive and getting the medical staff to respond to that fact.

Education focused on facts and neutral on values, can manifest a nightmare. We the only value people share is money, perhaps the civilization is unfit for humans.
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It just takes fewer in the military to kill more people, that's all. And it was the population reduction of wars, not the employment opportunities that the General was referring to I imagine.

But I agree it is happening. Self serve check-outs at more and more stores. And apparently we are about one or two minimum wage increases away from mechanical burger flippers.
As a child I remember a place to eat that was all vending machines. Because such places do not seem popular, I suspect we want human interaction, when dining out. What happens in the kitchen maybe automated, but we want human service. But even if making the kitchen more automated were possible, the quality of the food would surely drop.
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As a child I remember a place to eat that was all vending machines. Because such places do not seem popular, I suspect we want human interaction, when dining out. What happens in the kitchen maybe automated, but we want human service. But even if making the kitchen more automated were possible, the quality of the food would surely drop.
I think what it was is that the food we used to get out of those vending machines was total crap. New technology has pretty well overcome that problem.
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I think that people turning away from traditional four year universities is a good thing.
1. Traditional Universities have began teaching more ideology, or code name "theory" than actual meaningful material. As example, a maritime academy grad with a bachelors in mechanical engineering, is strong on theory. You have to actually teach them on the ship how to start a pump, how to actually charge Freon into the Chillers or aircon system, how to pop test injectors, etc. etc. Sure their theory is good, they can talk circles around a hawse piper like myself. They can demonstrate on paper why the refrigeration cycle works, or the thermodynamic principle of a boiler. But, they cant show it to you. Now, with that being said, 98% of the maritime grads pick up on how to do the work freaking fast. The ones who actually keep shipping, which isn't a lot, usually end up as chief engineers within the first 15 years of their careers.

2. It creates an atmosphere of competition between the Universities and trade school. Either Universities lower tuition costs or they lose out. You know some of that pesky free market stuff. Of course if you are a die hard leftard you think we should just tax the free market out of existence so we can support a failing University education system. Example:
https://www.moodys.com/research/Mood...ive--PR_279811

4. It should force the Universities to focus more on creating degrees for people to leave and contribute to society as opposed to a bunch of nonsense for professional students. Ok, this is the part of my rant that will get me into trouble but its how I see it so I am going to give my opinion. Non-traditional students. That is a code word for professional tax-payer funded college student. I get it that when people lose their jobs later in life their is programs that can help pay for a switch or a new college degree or a trade school of sorts. The problem is, that like SS Disability it becomes an abused system where you have a grouping of 40 somethings or older still roaming around the state universities, working on there 6th major switch or some other crap and being funded by we the tax payer to do so. Hell, sometimes they even create make believe tax payer jobs for these ass clowns why they continue there professional student ways. At some point and time its time to take your education and go to work and stop being funded by the taxpayer.
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Your understanding of robotics leaves you poorly prepared for our present reality, not to mention the future when this technology is more developed. If you are young and still considering a career, you might want more information about robotics.

Robotics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I refuse to believe that humans will be replaced by robots. Robots are inherently flawed and I refuse to work with one. Electronics is not my kind of career field, I don't want anything to do with that field.
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