January 20, 2015

THEY'LL GET HEALTHIER:

Technology disrupting the American Dream (Richard Cohen, January 19, 2015, Washington Post)

Mercedes-Benz wants to develop a driverless car. Google already has one. This is exceedingly bad news for auto body shops, ambulance-chasing lawyers and others. Soon, truck drivers might be replaced by driverless trucks. What then will happen to the nation's 3.5 million truck drivers, not to mention truck stops, of which there are 276 in Texas alone?

The notion that liberating American men from trucks is a crisis is the height of imbecility, Why truck driving is one of the deadliest jobs in America (Keith Veronese, 8/14/12, i09):

Becoming a professional truck driver combines low pay, a lifestyle that leads to poor health, and continual stress stemming from making stops and finding a place to sleep at night. Is it a desirable job? Maybe to some. Is the job necessary to sustain modern lifestyles? Absolutely. Let's hope we can alleviate these health and lifestyle problems before this necessary part of our service-based society erodes away.

We've done even better; we've made the service unnecessary.


Posted by at January 20, 2015 1:37 PM
  

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