Is Change Really Good?

Who out there grew up singing “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R us kid”?

I recently learned that the iconic toy store has filed chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Massive debt  is the problem and observers cite the reason as Amazon and Walmart.

I was talking to a local, well-known realtor the other day and she mentioned that she is looking for a new career as some of the on-line real estate listing  entities have figured out a way to circumvent real estate agents and it’s catching on. . .  Apps replacing professionals.

I’m glad I never invested in that Taxi cab company as the often under regulated “app based” car services are gaining momentum while their taxi medallions become useless.

People have always said that funeral homes are “recession proof,” yet rarely a day goes by that a funeral home doesn’t close it’s doors somewhere in the US.

I never realized how often I picked up stuff at Radio Shack, until it wasn’t there any longer.

What happens when apps replace people?   Below is a graph I found on-line, predicting automation.

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We have all this “progress”, but what happens to all the folks who are losing their jobs?

My guess is that there are countless more examples.   Please share in comments if you know of others.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Is Change Really Good?

  1. Osyth says:

    I find this move to total automation terribly sad. And I have a sneaking feeling there will be regret. After all look what happened in the 70s/80s when Supermarkets really decided to exert their power and wiped out small retailers in so many places. Now people are trying valiantly to re-open artisanal stores and encourage farmers markets because they have realized that they are missing out on so much. The same may be true of the App revolution but I fear there won’t be an easy road back, if there is a road at all. And the employment implications are devastating. Hang in there and I hope that Funeral Services don’t become a click and pick business too because quite frankly I would rather feel that people can have a rather more dignified end than that. Great piece even if it did make me sad.

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    • Ray V. says:

      I have retired from active funeral service, but it too is becoming a commodity as a opposed to a significant family event. At least in the US, demographic and societal changes have had a major impact on death care. It’s sad

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      • Osyth says:

        Very sad indeed. I keep muttering to the French that they need to hang on to their traditions which include a real sense of family and community. Those are the things that we need to cleave to and if that means we don’t perceive we are striding forwards so quickly, I would postulate that we are the richer for it.

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  2. feistyfroggy says:

    Some people think libraries will become extinct. However, libraries are fighting back and filling in gaps in social areanas.

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  3. The toy store is also suffering from automation of toys. Your average 8 year old now spends more time on electronic toys than with real toys. A cell phone/iPad/tablet/etc, is the basic entertainment for kids today. They don’t play in the real world. That’s what is killing their sales. Automation of jobs is a big problem that is largely being ignored. As more jobs move on-line, fewer of us will have real jobs or money to buy the stuff on-line.

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