There were several different ways I could have gone after watching this video. Check it out and then let’s chat. (H/T Next Big Future)
My first though was that this is amazing technology. I have spoken at length about self driving cars and how much of a disruptive technology it is. Without rehashing it all here, one of the things I pointed out was it would replace many career categories such as taxi driver and bus driver. I suppose you can also add dump truck driver to that list.
So this could be a post bemoaning how technology is putting more people out of work (which is true). However, I tend to be an optimist so I realized that this video is actually a demonstration of the empowering effect of technology. Who are the creative people in this video? They aren’t actually shown, but the people being empowered here are actually the owners of the mine. They had the creativity to put a mine in a particular location. Ordinarily, they would have had to hire lots of workers but technology allows them to do the mining with reduced staff.
This is the shape of the world to come. People with creative ideas will have tools at their disposal that we can scarcely comprehend today. Therefore, it is critical that we make sure our children are more suited to be creative people, not dump truck drivers.