|Marie Dressler & Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight|
Kitty: I was reading a book the other day.
Carlotta: (appears startled) Reading a book?
Kitty: Oh, yes, all about civilization or something; a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said machinery is going to take the place of every profession?
Carlotta: (looks Kitty up and down) Oh my dear, that's something you need never worry about.
For a good laugh, watch the scene here.
The future is now, as machinery (computer technology) has replaced several jobs in the marketplace. Machines, as well as robots, are used on some parts of assembly lines. And in addition to ATMs, there's electronic banking, electronic billing, and my favorite--electronic shopping!
I remember the days of full-service gas stations. Later there was the option of full-serve or self-serve. The full-service option has been out of existence for several years, but something relatively new at the supermarket is the self-checkout machine.
And nowadays, instead of using library staff to help with research, there's the Internet. Oh, and you can check out your books at the self-checkout machine by the door! When I stopped working as a librarian 14 years ago to raise a family, talk was that in the near future, you'd be able to read a book on a computer. I thought that sounded pretty ridiculous, but what did I know?
Electronic books have turned the publishing industry upside down! Today a book can be published in a matter of minutes, and publicity can be generated by social media.
In closing, here's something amazing, with the advent of 3D printing, machines are capable of making machines themselves!
Have you ever seen Dinner at Eight? Also, how has technology transformed your work environment?
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Originally posted March 11, 2013