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Is cloud computing killing jobs?

May 8, 2010

Answer: Of course it is.

The last post about Netflix moving its infrastructure to the cloud, brings up a tangential thought. What will happen to some of the employees at Netflix who used to upkeep their army of servers and datacenters? My bet is that some will be repurposed, and that some may lose their jobs. Since it is a fast growing company, they may be able to repurpose everyone, or have them admin the new AWS infrastructure.

This job replacement because of technology has been happening for decades. I believe that it was accelerated recently because of the Internet and the push to gloabalization.

This reminds me of the time I was talking to my wife about implementing a digital filing system at her moms doctors office. She said “but that would put my mom, who files papers, out of a job”. Yes, it would. It would also bring savings to the business owner, and expanded service and possible savings to the customer.

“So, Ms Customer, what would you rather have: Better health services, at a cheaper rate? or The same old same old, at higher rates, but administrative employees get to keep their jobs!” Me thinks that the second choices repercutions will be not seen and/or forgot by any customer. We always want cheaper. This means accepting the effects, and moving on.

The more peoples jobs you can displace with your own efforts (technical or otherwise), the more money you will make. Its an unfortunate reality of our technically-propelled capitalist society.

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  1. May 10, 2010 9:47 pm

    Of course, as soon as I put this in words, literally 2 days later my wife tells me that her moms office is upgrading in 6 months to be all digital because of the Obama Health Care Reform requirements. She will lose her job in 6 months. :-/ I feel like I self actuated this or something. I guess it was just inevitable in the path of change.

    Luckily, she understands and has no hard feelings. “Business is Business” she said.

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