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house Bill H.R. 4480

Should the National Academies Study the Displacement of Workers Due to Technology in the Future?

Argument in favor

The U.S. economy is in the midst of a wave of innovation that’s reshaping the workforce. It’s common sense for the federal government to carry out a study on the future displacement of workers so that they can consider policies to help the situation.

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12/27/2017
We shouldn't be debating this, with an estimate of over 2 billion people worldwide losing their jobs to automated robots by 2030 we should be looking for ways to better prepare our country for the changes to come then continue to push the status quo and do nothing.
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Joshua's Opinion
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12/27/2017
The talk in 2016 and 2017 was focused on outsourcing of jobs, but the real cause of manufacturing jobs loss has been automation, and this will only continue. Loss of these jobs will lead to more middle class families ending up in poverty while CEOs, executives, and share holders take in even more cash. This issue absolutely should be studied, and congress should take action to help those whose jobs are lost, and prevent this from allowing income inequality to further grow.
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12/27/2017
Universal basic income. It’s not just for communists anymore. If robots can do our work then we can focus on personal growth, art, teaching the children, caring for the elderly, improving our world. All the stuff that capitalism preaches against.
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Argument opposed

While this legislation may make policymakers feel like they’re doing something tangible to help workers in the future, all this does is require a study on future workforce changes. Workers will be displaced no matter what the federal government tries to do.

Kathleen's Opinion
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12/27/2017
Congress and states should focus on the education/training that will be needed to design replacement equipment/machines, to write the necessary supporting software, to build them, to install them, and to maintain them.
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James 's Opinion
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12/27/2017
Stop spending money on things that government shouldn't and can't control.
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Jackie's Opinion
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12/27/2017
Let's put the money this study would cost and put vocational education back in public high schools. College is not for everybody and we have shortage in all skilled trades. We as a country have a tendency to look down on those doing actual physical labor. This needs to be changed
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What is House Bill H.R. 4480?

This bill — known as the Exploring the Future of Work Act — would require the Dept. of Labor to conduct a study with the National Academies on the displacement of workers due to technological innovations. The study would: 1) assess demographic, training, technology, and workforce needs; 2) identify industry sectors likely to be significantly impacted by automation; and 3) provide recommendations for policy solutions. The study would be provided to Congress and made publicly available within 18 months of this bill’s enactment.

Impact

The U.S. workforce and the general public; the National Academies; and the Dept. of Labor.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4480

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced this bill to “review the workforce challenges that an increase in automation and innovation present”, adding:

“Over the years Wisconsinites have seen firsthand how technology and innovation has changed our everyday lives. Automation is showing no sign of slowing down, and it is only a matter of time  until it changes the jobs available to our workers. We can’t afford to be unprepared. By starting to look at the challenge and how we find solutions we can prepare our workers for the jobs of the future.”

This legislation has the support of nine bipartisan cosponsors, including five Republicans and four Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Exploring the Future of Work Act

Official Title

To provide for a study by the National Academies on workplace challenges.

bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedNovember 29th, 2017
    We shouldn't be debating this, with an estimate of over 2 billion people worldwide losing their jobs to automated robots by 2030 we should be looking for ways to better prepare our country for the changes to come then continue to push the status quo and do nothing.
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    Congress and states should focus on the education/training that will be needed to design replacement equipment/machines, to write the necessary supporting software, to build them, to install them, and to maintain them.
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    The talk in 2016 and 2017 was focused on outsourcing of jobs, but the real cause of manufacturing jobs loss has been automation, and this will only continue. Loss of these jobs will lead to more middle class families ending up in poverty while CEOs, executives, and share holders take in even more cash. This issue absolutely should be studied, and congress should take action to help those whose jobs are lost, and prevent this from allowing income inequality to further grow.
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    Universal basic income. It’s not just for communists anymore. If robots can do our work then we can focus on personal growth, art, teaching the children, caring for the elderly, improving our world. All the stuff that capitalism preaches against.
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    Yes. Just like studies should have been concerning the effects of trade agreement. It’s currently projected that there will be massive unemployment as result of IA advancement in the next 20 to 30 years. These displaced people are projected to be without employment possibilities and will need financial aid just to survive. We need to start preparing now for a change in the economic environment. Our world is going to change whether we like it or not.
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    Stop spending money on things that government shouldn't and can't control.
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    It’s a reality, why should we ignore it?
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    Sure, if it is a scientific study done by an independent, non biased panel. Not that this administration will use it for anything good, but future generations might be able to use the findings.
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    Yes, we should be focused on Universal Basic Income. We should be providing R&D budgets to small villages and cities to work the bugs out of this excellent program. We should be collaborating with other Countries and municipalities on the UBI topic and how their programs are performing, eh.
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    This is a waste of time and money. As with all other innovations in history, of course there will be displacement. The market finds new ways to deploy their labor. Don't fear innovation, and don't bother funding a study that's going to tell you it's happening. Are a couple hundred "policy designers" going to come up with a more efficient way to deploy that displaced labor than the market can come up with through its natural pricing mechanisms? Central planning hasn't ever bested the free market in human history, so don't be so arrogant as to think government can figure it out now.
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    There always talk about making more jobs for our work force, even though this isn’t exactly do that its a great first step in figuring out what to do and how to make those jobs happen.
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    This is a pointless waste of money.
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    I would be shocked if this isn’t happening already. Automation, robots, AI, self driving cars - technology is coming fast and furious. Shame on us if we don’t see the impact and plan for it.
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    Artificial intelligence is a very real threat to our future existence. Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have both warned us. YES we should be studying the effect technology will have on the displacement of future workers.
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    Companies are not going to stop automation, so we need to see what that means for the average American.
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    Let's put the money this study would cost and put vocational education back in public high schools. College is not for everybody and we have shortage in all skilled trades. We as a country have a tendency to look down on those doing actual physical labor. This needs to be changed
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    Hopefully the conclusion that we eventually come to is that we have to begin training more people in fields related to development and maintenance of the automated systems that are and will continue being put in place. Additionally, I’d add that a cultural revolution wherein young people are not taught that becoming technicians and laborers is somehow undesirable. Obviously paying people who hold those positions decent living wages would help that stigma to be erased but that might be a slight tangent to this particular issue.
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    While ideally, mechanical workers replacing human workers would mean being able provide goods for lower classes at little to no cost, we cannot expect business giants to handle this shift in labor ethically.
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    And we need to start studying NOW how to replace our “representatives” with robots. Robots who don’t sell votes to the highest bidder.
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    Use the money being used for the study for programs that help those impacted grow into the future. Companies are not going to stop advancing and using technologies if it will help their profits.
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