The recent mention of self driving cars got me to thinking. I've watched what technology has done to my industry over the past few decades. The same as many others, more output with less labor through technological and process improvements. Those jobs are gone, they won't be back. I've watched more than a few of my ex coworkers move from skilled manufacturing careers to jobs like courier and forklift drivers. Some were able to make lateral moves to other companies only to be eliminated through the same process just a short time later.
Looking ahead, I question how sustainable this is. Consider self driving vehicles and the massive potential for societal transformation they bring. Think of all the driving jobs that will no longer be there. No truckers, cab drivers, delivery drivers, Uber drivers, bus drivers. They're unnecessary.
Consider how those changes will also effect law enforcement. No need for traffic enforcement. No funds to municipalities from traffic fines. No establishing probable cause from a failure to signal a lane change. No dui check points. Fewer mechanics needed. Fewer repair facilities. Fewer insurance adjusters. Fewer court personnel.
The job losses on this issue alone will be massive and I dont see where alternative job gains will come from. What are our citizens to do for work when the jobs simply are not there?