Whatever you want to call them, a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy, these are supposed to be measures put into place to serve as a safety net whenever something goes wrong.
A guarantee is a promise that nothing will go wrong at all. No matter what happens, that guarantee is in place to make sure all the bases are covered without the need to compromise.
A warranty is usually a timed coverage on something we’ve either just purchased or serviced. If anything happens before that warranty expires, the promise behind it is whatever is faulty would be fixed or replaced without additional cost or question.
Insurance policies are supposed to provide coverage in case of some kind of disaster. It is to fix whatever is broken or replace whatever is lost. Or, at the very least, compensate for the loss if it cannot possibly be replaced.
So why is it in a world full of guarantees, warranties and insurance policies we are continuously let down by those whom we are supposed to trust the most? Why aren’t those promises made to every individual who buys into them not kept? Or, at the very least, not as guaranteed as we’ve been led to believe to expect? What good is a warranty if nobody is around to back their claims, or is at least unwilling to do so? Also, an insurance policy is only as good as the issuer who wrote it up, not to mention the circumstances at hand that may determine whether or not an insurance claim is indeed valid.
Quite frankly, we live in a world that is full of false guarantees, no matter what they are.
The hot political topic these days is guaranteed income. As popular as this seems, there is a backfire button and it is being used by the greediest corporations who refuse to allow the common man gain ground against the personal profits of their CEOs and board of directors. That guaranteed income does not come with a lifetime warranty, nor does it have an adequate insurance policy in place to ensure that the most unethical of the corporations among us don’t replace us with machines.
It is happening already. There are hotels that either minimized or eliminated human personnel.
At a growing number of fast food outlets, the cashiers at the counter are being replaced by their version of instant tellers. Instead of approaching a human being with our Big Mac order, you approach a machine where you punch in the commands you wish and the cooking crew (still human at the moment) completes the order.
The first signs of machinery replacing human beings started with industries that included assembly lines. The automotive industry is the most obvious example of where machines have replaced man in completing tasks that may seem expensive at the time to install them, but in the long run cheaper for the industry giant who now avoids paying wages, not to mention no longer having to deal with those pesky labor laws that prevent abuse against a human worker.
Make no mistake, there is a trend that has been going on for decades to replace human workers with robotics. This trend moved slowly at first, but as the gap continues to increase between the Elite 1% and the 99% that consists of the working class citizen, the ability to replace people with machines has picked up the pace.
Now with talk of raised minimum wages and guaranteed salaries, the CEOs and board of directors who see this as a direct threat to their personal pockets are more ambitious than ever to replace as many of their human workers as they can with robots. With robots they won’t complain about their working hours. They won’t need bathroom, coffee or lunch breaks. They will never call in sick and they won’t have a son’s baseball game they would like to attend, which means leaving work an hour or two early.
Also, another beauty with machinery replacing people, especially in the service industry is the chances for mistakes made is minimized, if not entirely eliminated. No longer will you find that unwanted pickle on your burger that you had demanded and those fries you ordered actually came with the rest of your order this time.
Think I’m reaching? Think again. In grocery stores we see automated check out lines in addition to the human run ones. In banks we have the choice between human or instant tellers. Even at gas stations we can simply pay at the pump, fuel up and go without ever having to step into the store. Vending machines are another example of machinery replacing people when it comes to goods and services. This has been going on for years.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying machines and robots are a bad thing. They do have their uses. However, when it becomes the primary directive of the elite few among us to replace man with machines as an act of defiance against the human race so they can keep their wallets as fat as possible, then this is a problem.
So my advice to political parties who are eager to win the votes of the people, don’t just make the promise of a guaranteed income or a raise of minimum wage. This won’t do the people an ounce of good if they’re weeded out by computerized workers who don’t need money or food to survive in today’s world. The most corrupt of the corporations among us will see to this unless laws are set into place where they must have a minimum 99% of human workers on site and each of them with fair labour laws.
My advice to consumers is to avoid the automated checkout lines. Keep the human contact and use this as a reminder to the CEOs and board of directors of all corporations that humanity cannot be replaced. If you approach a bank that is currently open, go to the lineup where you are dealing with a human teller instead of picking the automated one. This is your way of telling your bank you prefer people over machines.
The problem with the most corrupt corporations among us is they put profit before people. They always have and they always will. The fact that they are introducing more robotics to replace the human workforce is a shining example of this. This needs to stop and it actually needs to be reversed to put more people back to work and kick as many machines as we can to the curb. They can handle being homeless and unemployed. People can’t.
So, to any political party that is looking to do more than just win votes, do more than just offer a guaranteed wage. Guarantee them meaningful employment by putting laws into place that prevent banks and corporations from replacing people with robots. Also, any company who wishes to do business must not be fully automated and have a minimum human workforce of 99% in their roster.