Real Work From Home Jobs

...That Only Machines Can Do?

by Arturo F Munoz

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What do we mean when we say that we want real work from home jobs? The implication in the statement is that you can't do real work if you get a home job. But is this true? It is.

The reason why you can't do real work from home jobs is because today the definition of real is murky to say the least. What's real is as hard to discern as whether a job is being done from home or from some commercial center, because already many, many jobs and increasingly more of them are being done by machines. That's real. But is that a real job?

What's more, does it even matter whether a job is accomplished from a home or from a data center half way around the world?

Real Work From Home Jobs Is Really Going Away

The last 10 years started with more people employed at the beginning of the decade than at its conclusion. Today, as we progress through a second decade in this new millennium, the trend is that fewer people are working. However, corporate profits are at an all time high.

Alarming? Certainly, if you're unemployed or under-employed and seeking for real work from home jobs.

But if you're a business owner in a sector of the economy that is still expanding thanks to new technology, you're very happy. Technology has not only saved you from the Great Recession. It is buttressing your growth and stimulating hope.

Technology is expanding at an exponential rate. It is enabling people to do things not as good as other humans may have done for them before, but better; and if not better, then certainly good enough to get by without another human having to deliver that service.

Think automatic cash dispenser at your local bank. Do you really miss the human teller across the counter who used to hand you your money or process your check deposit 30 years ago? If you were not even born 30 years ago, then you would know nothing except automated tellers. Now technology allows you to fax your deposits into the bank from your home scanner or even snap a picture of a check with your smartphone and deposit it directly from the palm of your hand.

"Who ever needed a human to make a bank deposit?" you might ask yourself.

But there was a time when only humans did that type of work and many were displaced when ATM's made their first appearance decades ago, and more will follow as more work goes to a more sophisticated form of robotics.

Thirty years ago bank tellers would have laughed at the notion of being replaced by a machine. Today there are too few bank tellers left for even a nervous giggle. Ten years ago job hunters loved job websites for facilitating discovery of new job opportunities. Today businesses love them because a machine handles the thousands and thousands of applicants to a single job post that no single human resource can process. But this turned the tables on job seekers. They're now trying to convince a machine that they're the right choice for an interview.

Whether from home or anywhere else, machines took the real work. The human work went away.

Machine Friend Or Foe?

Forty years ago when Caltech professor Carver Mead coined the term "Moore's Law" to describe the observed phenomena of technology increasing electronic sensing, processing speed and memory capacity at an exponential rate so that, for example, a microprocessor consisting of 9.3 million transistors in 1995 could contain 40 million transistors by 2001 and 15 billion transistors by 2015, few believed it possible.

Few now doubt it. The observation has held for nearly half a century.

Even if a time came for this rate of technological growth to plateau, the sheer volume of operating power that such a microprocessor could perform could "out think" an entire city of scientists in carrying out a multitude of complex operations that humans alone could not do as quickly and as accurately. So machines, harnessed by man, have taken and will continue to take over many functions that people have assumed only humans can perform.

How then do you prepare to do what only humans can do and which no machine could possibly replace you in doing?

The following from Andrew McAfee about it proves eye opening. He uses one key word: entrepreneurship and describes the impact of technology on the poor in India.

How many Indians do you think look for real work from home jobs? Oh, an awful lot. It's the same the world around. Most people in the world work from home businesses. There are entire countries where the bulk of business activity is micro-businesses. Think of what technology is doing such people?

Now think what can technology do for you?

Stop thinking jobs. Begin thinking real work that only you can do, by harnessing today's amazing technological advances. Create your own real work from home jobs.

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