Pretty sure I just lost my job to a machine. They didn’t TELL me that, but I’m not stupid. I know the supermarket just bought a bunch of those new self-serve checkouts from Lawrence Corp, the ones that can make casual, breezy conversation and don’t start screaming at you when you put an unscanned item in the bagging area. They said we’d just be moved to other positions, but really, what does that even mean? It means I’m out of a job, as of tomorrow.
What’s even safe any more? I hear they’re trialing a new robot that does pest control in Rosebud. Don’t know why Rosebud, but whatever. Anyway, if you thought pest control was a job that requires some finesse, you’d probably be right. Had an uncle who tried it for a few weeks. I think he confused some chemicals and decided that it wasn’t for him. There’s a lot of different things to think about; not something that you can just step into. I wouldn’t trust my pest control needs to a hunk of metal. I want someone with years of experience, not programmed knowledge.
Supposedly, this new robot is designed to seek out ant and termite infestations and alert people as to the depth of the problem. So unlike these checkouts, they can’t do a pest controllers entire job. But still…it continues to creep onwards, this technology. First it’s just detecting termites. Then it’s given the ability to engage in witty banter. Then it gets arms so it can carry things, a face to make it more user friendly, you equip it with pest control chemical materials, and then boom…it’s doing the entire job. Every single person who does termite inspections in Mornington to Berwick and beyond is replaced by robots! And they all repeat the same 23 witty phrases, over and over again. Resist the mechanisation! Keep pest control free!