One of my favorite movies is Dinner at Eight,
way back in 1933. There are many great moments in the film, but one in
particular inspired today's post. And if you're a fan of the movie, you
probably know which one!
|Marie Dressler & Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight|
In the closing scene, gold-digging Kitty Packard (played by sexy Jean Harlow
) talks to matronly Carlotta Vance, a former 1890's Broadway star (played by Marie Dressler
Kitty: I was reading a book the other day.
(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?
(looks Kitty up and down) Oh my dear, that's something you need never worry about.
For a good laugh, watch the scene here.
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!
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.
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!
Kitty Packard was right! It looks like machinery is
well on its way to taking over every profession, with the exception of
the world's oldest.
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