"if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." Romans 12:8 NIVIt has always been the concern of people in the West that overpopulation in underdeveloped countries would be the "great threat" that we would most likely have to face in the future, but now it appears that projected underemployment due to artificial intelligence may be our next most serious concern.
A research study conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute during 2017 concluded that future automation in the United States will eliminate the jobs of 30% of it's workers by 2030, due to projected advances in artificial intelligence. Something even more unsettling is the fact that there has been very little Christian response to this projection over the past two years.
Further, with BRIC (Brazil, Russia, China and India) projected to become the world's dominate suppliers of manufactured goods and services by 2050**, Andrew Yang and others are now saying that our US unemployment rate will become as high as 50%, and that people of color will be the ones hardest hit of all workers.
There is little doubt that this will happen because this is where the dollars are being invested right now, into the greater automation of America, with little thought to any kind of a response to assist or re-train those displaced from their jobs, or for their families.
2030 is not that far off. How are we as Christians preparing to respond and help in an unfolding social situation that has not been seen since the Great Depression?
If you have any ideas or opinions on this topic, they need to be a part of a national discussion that has yet to seriously begin.
* "One-third of US workers could be jobless by 2030 due to automation" CNBC 11/29/2017
** "Unemployment Rates: The Highest and Lowest in the World", Investopedia,com 12/19/2019