The Robots are Coming

A casual discussion about the automation of work and the decreasing relevance of humans to productivity.

Good Analytics Means Less Workers

October 22, 2015

Here’s an interesting note in the middle of this article about temp workers at Amazon:

At the same time, we are living in an era of maximum productivity. It has never been easier for employers to track the performance of workers and discard those who don’t meet their needs.

[...] When it comes to low-wage positions, companies like Amazon are now able to precisely calibrate the size of its workforce to meet consumer demand, week by week or even day by day.

[...] you are always disposable. You are at least one entity removed from the company where you work, and you are only as good as your last recorded input in a computerized performance monitoring system.

Technology is enabling employers to ensure workers are working harder and more efficiently, That combination reduces the need for manpower.