While the central premise of the article is correct that robots will increasingly replace many jobs performed by humans today, the article does engage in exaggeration. The article assumes as many as 100 million out of 140 million workers may be replaced. While some workers may, indeed, have no proper alternative, it is also important to note technology leaders keep reminding us many jobs of the future don’t even exist now. I certainly see many of these 100 million workers taking the jobs of the future that do not exist yet. After all, the railroad invention and industrial revolution didn’t result in massive unemployment of farmers or cart pushers but simply moved them to new line of work.
I do believe the government should allocate more resources to education and vocational training programs because it is clear the first jobs to be replaced by the robots would be ones that involve manual labor. This will happen in the third world countries with extremely cheap labor as well because the technological progress eventually results in such low costs that human workers cannot compete. In this regard I believe President Obama’s free community college proposal is a step in the right direction. It is also possible the duration of college programs may decline as the world will change at even faster pace and old ideas and technologies would quickly become outdated.
The article does indicate the future career security lies in jobs that are harder to replicate by the robots. The robots will develop human intellectual capabilities one day and may even surpass them but it is not going to happen anytime soon. As a result, the students should target careers where there is lot of thinking and creativity involved because such jobs are less likely to be replaced by the robots. The examples of such jobs may be law, marketing, journalism, and research.