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Robophone job threat

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‘Robophone’ threat to jobs
Smartphone Apps predicted to replace managers in the workplace


£50k per annum managers threatened by 50p App-Guided Drones: Prototype drones already spotted shuffling through London railway stations!

Article originally published in GTG June 2013 – The GTG: years ahead of the curve!


Meet the new boss

London Victoria, 7am Monday 25th March:
It’s early morning at one of London’s busiest train stations and crowds of commuters bustle to-and-throw on their way from train to office. Mostly in a rush, following a familiar well practiced routine. But not all are so focused. Some seem less sure. Less clear in their objectives, walking and wavering slowly in an uncertain, hesitant manner, eyes glued to something in their hands…

It started with a few, but it is a trend that is rapidly becoming the norm.

But these are not traditional commuters. They are the advance working prototypes for a new generation of professional app-guided management drones!

Unskilled Labour
Human beings are cheap to manufacture using unskilled labour and they make very reliable and easy-to-maintain slaves. But the problem to date has been education and training: it costs a lot of money.

Smart phones provide an ideal substitute brain, removing the necessity for an education. An ideal synergy between nature, science and economics.

Increasingly employers are finding it more cost effective to employ unskilled workers and give them smart phones that act as their line managers, making all decisions for them. What’s more, the smartphones need only be leased on 12 or 24 month contracts, meaning the workforce can be upgraded on a regular basis.

And with the modest additional expense of providing employees with company sponsored alcohol-fueled parties, residential training courses and sales conventions the employers can nurture employee bonding and thus boost the reproduction of new generations of workers.

The technology is good for the workers too. It provides a cheap and gratifying substitute for socialising in the real world, and many drones are content not just to spend all their working time beholden to their phone, but their break and leisure time too.

It’s a no-brainer, innit!


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