the work would result in job loss for others
Sad but true much of the time. Ineternet Banking, B2B, Amazon, ebay et al. Sure it is more efficient but where is the personal contact.....
One of the sad things I see is the loss of community. Years ago you would meet your banker, butcher, baker face to face, at least once a week....Now you can do it all in the supermarket and get to meet a pimply 16 year old on the minimum wage. The older I get the less appealing that is ;-)
A connected society is fine but what happens to the ordinary Joe? I wrote a poem about it once upon a when. Not in Perl but you get that....
A Big Load of Paradigm Shift
Am I a Luddite, well Yes and No
In modern times, it seems as though
The progress made, across the years
Evaporates and disappears
Rationalists see, people like me
Of little use, and that may be
But let me ask, if you donít mind
What use the world, if itís not kind
By kind I donít mean charity
Just chance to work, and chance to be
A place for all, but no free ride
Too much to ask? Well you decide
When dollars count, for more than men
Itís time I think, to think again
Weíre starting down a slippery slope
Towards a world devoid of hope
Where those that can, just take it all
Whilst by the wayside, others fall
Society, split into two
Been there before, itís nothing new
Information and technology
Are not all theyíre, cracked up to be
Paradigm shift, well yes indeed
But shifting where, and at what speed
It seems that now, computers can
Well do the work, once done by man
Yet man is lost, without a job
Does this enrich, or does it rob?
So now I think, that we should ask
Need computers, do this task?
For without job, what is my role?
Itís useful work, that makes me whole
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