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The Robots Aren’t Coming—They’re Here

Prepare your children.

In February, White House economists forecasted an 83 percent probability that workers earning less than $20 per hour will lose their jobs to automation. Wage earners who receive up to $40 an hour face a 31 percent chance they’ll be replaced by robots. Workers paid more than $40 an hour face much lower odds — about 4 percent — of having their jobs “automated into obsolescence.” And these White House predictions are based on 2010 wages.

Henry Ford had people build his cars.  Elon Musk has robots build his.

An Oxford Study predicts that about half of US jobs are “at risk” of automation by 2033. How so many so quickly? “We identified several key bottlenecks currently preventing occupations being automated. As big data helps to overcome these obstacles, a great number of jobs will be put at risk.

A report by the World Economic Forum estimates that despite the creation of millions of new jobs over the next four years, there will likely be a net loss of 5 million.

Scott Santens writes, “It’s routine, manual work that Henry Ford paid people middle-class wages to perform, and it’s routine cognitive work that once filled American office buildings. That world is dwindling, leaving only two kinds of jobs with rosy outlooks: jobs that require so little thought that they pay next to nothing, and jobs that require so much thought that the salaries are exorbitant.” (

Don’t be scared. Be motivated. Competition makes us better.

Let’s arm our children with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete against racing technology.  A proven pathway to that end is a two- or four-year college degree with minimal debt, providing skills and financial freedom.

As educators, parents, and students, let’s all champion this goal—turning our youngest generation into two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. Good grades, test scores, and college counseling will help.  But embracing this goal and explaining it regularly to them will help instill the motivation necessary to accomplish it.

John Baylor is a father, husband, author, Stanford grad, broadcaster, and owner of John Baylor Prep. The mission of JBP is to help families and schools create two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. You can listen to the John Baylor Prep Show by subscribing on iTunes or by going to The show also runs on Nebraska stations KHUB (1340 AM) in Fremont, KNCY (1600 AM) in Nebraska City, KLIN (1400 AM)in Lincoln. Check listing for days and times.


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