Robots and computer sytems are taking over. They came into our car plants a couple of decades ago. Now they are progressing further: “using robots to replace human workers would be the next big thing in the technology industry. Not just Google, other major technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon also have been developing robotics technology to capture the future growth opportunities.” (Wanli Wang, an analyst at CIMB Securities).
Computer intelligence is increasingly important in healthcare and finance. The traders are being replaced by automated computer systems that can respond to market changes in milliseconds.
At a mundane level, supermarkets have self-service checkouts, public transport needs very few people to handle cash, which has been replaced by electronic money.
The question is not whether this is good or bad, but what will happen to the unemployed and the growing number of people on zero hour contracts in poorly paid service sector jobs? We have already seen a growing disparity of incomes.
These images are an attempt to start the debate.
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George Blair's Mind's Eye
Cardiff International Festival of Photography, 1-31 May 2017
Looks at ‘revolution’ in its widest context, investigating moments of social change, movements around freedom of expression, the pursuit of utopias, human rights and identity.
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Wish You Were Here, 2019
At least one of my postcards will be donated to the British Museum Prints and Drawing Department as part of Jeremy Cooper's collection. It includes postcards by many of the most famous names in UK art.