I spent the day walking, not really having any idea where I was going, but knowing enough to keep moving and work off all stress hormones trying to build up inside my body. I walked three villages, because the idea of finding a public space open to work on Monday around here seems to be a misnomer. It is just how Swiss life is. As I mention to people, life here reminds me of when I grew up, everything had a nice orderly time and place, and it seemed like everyone walked along with that pace, no one seeming to change or ask “why?” Things happen the way they do.
It was night when I started to walk back and I came upon a Stihl factory where I stopped on the bridge to watch the never sleeping world of factory automation. It really is a sight to see, all the robots working at a steady, consistent pace, no machine missing a beat.
There was also not one human being that I could see on the entire factory floor.
Then the answer I have pondered with the Internet of things and the machine age came to me. The developed nations will get more sophisticated, have machines able to work around the clock, yet, the people who are actually working there – I dare say, much like automated trading on the stock exchanges – the world of automated buying and selling will drastically alter how commodified business is done. I am not sure if this will apply to service industries or areas where a human touch might be truly desired, like for example, a funeral service.
Perhaps people will just stare into their mobiles for that in the future, pick out the coffin, cremation, flowers, services and other items deemed necessary? Will they all gather around a touch screen? Or will the family members who might be located all over the world all get to vote for what is best, then all grieve and lament the loss of a loved one by having a holographic projection that they can program to show up whenever they are missing the “real” person.
It might sound odd, what I just wrote, but after watching the robotic line working tonight, the developed worlds will simply invest in the high tech arena for manufacturing. The developed and some of the third world – I am not sure how that transition will happen.
Will a sort of giant robotic off shoring take place, much like the labor gets sent to lower cost markets? Or will we ship the out of date factories overseas by filling one direction of transit, while inexpensive “goods” come back on the return voyage – probably in a robotic boat.
Yes, the world is changing, but I really wonder how much of the world will adapt and adapt to the change.
It is like the life in Switzerland. You have a tiny country with a small population. Natural resources are water and because of the countries neutral status – as well as how each of the areas changes or doesn’t change with the acceptance of outsiders, it will be interesting to see where it all ends up.
Particularly since water will become a valuable commodity in the future.
Then again, who knows what tomorrow will bring?
I know, I don’t know.