UK Under-18s United Against Corporations
A massive new study of 2,000 teens in Britain has revealed that as well as being insecure and worried about the future (selfie-taking yet unselfish, connected yet lonely, anxious yet pragmatic, risk-averse yet entrepreneurial’), the vast majority are also ‘deeply distrustful of establishment institutions’.
“Only 6% of them trust big corporations to do the right thing, as opposed to 60% of adults,” the Guardian reported this week.
“When asked what comes to mind when they think of global corporations, they typically volunteer words such as exploitative, selfish, arrogant, greedy, cheating and untrustworthy.” (Guardian)
The new study was published just a month after US authorities warned that increasingly rapid advances in robot technology mean that workers earning up to US$40 an hour faces odds of 31% that their jobs will eventually be replaced by a machine while those earning US$20 an hour (at 2010 rates) face an 83% chance of being rendered unemployable.
“One view is that robots will take substantial numbers of jobs away from humans, leaving them technologically unemployed—either in blissful leisure or, in many popular accounts, suffering from the lack of a job,” the annual ‘Economic Report of the President’ noted.
“Inequality could increase; indeed, most economists believe technological change is partially responsible for rising inequality in recent decades.” (WhiteHouse.gov )
‘Will a robot take your job in the next 20 years? Type your job title into the search box below to find out the likelihood that it could be automated within the next two decades . . .)