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Automation = Rising unemployment?

Taxis without drivers

About half of the cost of taxi fares goes to pay the taxi driver for his service. If an automated taxi, without a driver, becomes into operational, it may be possible to reduce the cost of taxi fare to half of the current level.

You get the convenience of private transport, at a much lower price. This may be possible soon, and can make a radical impovement to the transport system.

(via Singapore Public Transport Blog)

Reading the above post reminded me of a conversation I had with my tour guide in China. We were telling her about ERPs in Singapore, and she told us that Beijing had automated toll booths too, like ours, but not many. They can automate all of it, but they will not. This is because, should they automate, current toll booth workers will become unemployed, and the numbers are huge! Thus, for now, they’ll leave the human factor in.

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