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Sir, it is interesting to read your opinion about the darker side that the rapidly evolving technologies put up. It is true that the industrialists are aiming to increase the profits by removing manual labour and bringing in automation at every level of repeated work. But, when you criticized about some of the technologies like the upcoming driverless cars and pilotless planes, it struck my mind about the much larger life problem it is bound to solve. In my opinion, some of these technologies are not designed to bring down jobs, but to create a solution to improve the quality of life. Job losses may be a consequence of those technology adoption. Statistics says that, about 1.24 million people die out of road accidents and the number is expected to double by 2030. However, with 90% of autonomous cars coming on to the road, this number can be brought down three-fold. So, I am of an opinion that, rather than blaming Elon Musks and the Googles for showing their animosity towards the drivers, it can be perceived as these innovators seeking to bring up a solution to address a real-life problem. Moreover, driverless cars are an upcoming technology and will be adopted only at a slower rate and would give sufficient buffer time for the incumbents to find an alternate source of income. In addition, if we aren’t supportive of the upcoming disruptive technologies speculative of the job losses it would create, there wouldn’t be any incentive for the innovators for working on the problems that we don’t see currently. We can also perceive that a pilotless plane will open new opportunities in the form of the drone controllers and technicians. So, isn’t some of these innovations just transforming work of one form to another? It is up to the people who should be ready to adapt to varying work atmospheres and learn continuously to be safe from threat of job losses that the new technologies extend. On a positive note, we can still hope that several of the skills like empathy, creativity, humour and problem-solving skills are difficult to codify and automate. In those areas, we can be optimistic that those job opportunities will not degrade soon. It is however up to we humans to weigh the pros and cons of such disruptive innovations that would impact the socio-economic balance of the society and then adopt what is acceptable and beneficial to the society.

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