Investing in robots can cost people's jobs

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Google bets a bundle on robots" (Page A1, Dec. 4): Google purchased seven technology companies. Google's goal is to make a new generation of robots. Andy Rubin, an engineer of Google robotics, says Google's automated car project, which was perceived at its start as science fiction, is coming within reach. Although Google presents interesting ideas, there is an issue at stake. How many people will lose their jobs if Google creates these machines? There have been speculations that Google may sponsor a package delivery system, but if we have machines delivering packages, then delivery workers could lose their jobs. Many workers rely on their jobs to make ends meet. Should low-paying positions be taken over by robots? Honestly, we are better off without robots. We shouldn't rely too much on machines.

-- Anthony Lee, Sacramento

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