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    Amazon Is Giving Workers A Chance To Learn To Code Before Robots Take Their Jobs

    Amazon is grooming its vast workforce for the automation job apocalypse that the company itself is helping to bring about thanks to its robotics division.

    As the company introduces more robots and automated systems to sort goods and fill orders at its warehouses, making more of its increasingly better-paid workforce redundant, the company apparently wants to be seen as giving them a chance to learn new skills - like, for example, how to code - before shunting them aside.

    As WSJ reports, Amazon is planning to spend $700 million - a drop in the bucket compared with the company's $240 billion annual revenue - to retrain a third of its American workforce to try and give them a fighting chance of still having a job once the robots take over. The program is designed to help workers find new jobs inside - or outside - the company.

    The company expects to announce Thursday that it will retrain 100,000 workers by 2025 by expanding existing training programs and rolling out new ones meant to help its employees move into more advanced jobs inside the company or find new careers outside of it. The training is voluntary, and most of the programs are free to employees, the company said.

    "Technology is changing our society, and it’s certainly changing work," said Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon’s world-wide consumer business, adding that the initiative is meant to help workers "be prepared for the opportunities of the future."

    As WSJ points out, the initiative breaks down to about $7,000 per worker. The company plans to save money by pressing some of its employees with a background in academia into teaching roles. As part of the initiative, Amazon will also expand a program for fulfillment-center employees called Amazon Career Choice which pays 95% of an employee’s tuition and fees for certificates and degrees in high-demand fields like being an aircraft mechanic or a nurse - even though the company doesn't hire anyone with those skill sets. It's just another example of Amazon being a magnanimous employer and ensuring that its warehouse workers might still be able to scratch out a living once they're no longer needed on the warehouse floor.

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    No no no, robots wont take your jobs! Nope! Not gonna happen! Until they finally do, and they admit that was the plan the ENTIRE $#@!ing time.
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    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

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    Not everybody is suited to the kinds of jobs they tell us humans will have, so they will first be put on welfare and then told they must be cops or soldiers if they want to keep their government cheese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post

    giving them a chance to learn new skills - like, for example, how to code - before shunting them aside.
    That's a great way to $#@! with employees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Full article at link.

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    No no no, robots wont take your jobs! Nope! Not gonna happen! Until they finally do, and they admit that was the plan the ENTIRE $#@!ing time.
    They're taking our jobs, those god-damn robots and mexicans and god-damned mexican robots!
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Not everybody is suited to the kinds of jobs they tell us humans will have, so they will first be put on welfare and then told they must be cops or soldiers if they want to keep their government cheese.
    There's lots of good jobs at the TSA also. Great benefits, training programs, etc. Not to mention the perks.
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
    - Kim Kardashian

    Donald Trump / Rand Paul (Vice Pres) 2016!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    There's lots of good jobs at the TSA also. Great benefits, training programs, etc. Not to mention the perks.
    You can legally cop a feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    You can legally cop a feel.
    And if your passenger happens to be an off doody cop, you can feel a cop too! Not really sure I would ever want to tho...
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.



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