One of my main concerns with preparedness is an economic collapse or crisis caused by overspending. With the way things are going today, I think we need to take a look at how AI and automation could play a role in our economy as well.

By 2030 it’s estimated that 40 to 50% of jobs in the manufacturing, retail and wholesale, trade, and the transportation and storage industries will be automated.

Not all countries will be as affected to this level, but unfortunately the United States will. The countries likely to be affected are the more advanced countries like the U.S., China, Europe and Russia.

SPP296 Automation & the Economy

This week Lisa and I went over how prepping might change in the near future, and how the country we know and love will will fundamentally change.

We also went over some things we can do to help lower the impact this may have. As preppers, we have a little bit of an edge when it comes the economy taking a down turn, but nothing is guaranteed.

Is History Repeating Itself?

Does Automation and artificial intelligence mean 50% of people will be out of a job? Not necessarily. It means the jobs available will change. With the advent of the automobile, farriers and livery stables were needed less. It did however create jobs like auto mechanics, and liveries basically became auto shops.

We think about jobs that exist today that can be automated, but who knows what jobs may exist in the future. If you asked what people needed right before cars were invented, they would have said a better horse.

The difference I see is that the technologies of the industrial revolution created jobs, while automation and AI are removing jobs to increase a companies bottom line.

Who Will be Affected the Most…

Smaller companies may thrive somewhat because people will still want that personal interaction. We might go to a restaurant because we have a favorite waiter or waitress, and we might have a trusted auto mechanic.

I see this being somewhat like wanting to buy “Made in America” products. A little while back we tried to buy only American made products, but these day’s it’s almost impossible.

Employees of bigger businesses like Amazon, Walmart, Boeing, and Ford will be hit harder because these companies will have the ability to implement these processes.

Topics Covered The Week…

After we covered what the future might look like for preppers in the U.S. and around the world, we talked about how things might unfold. After that we covered some ways we can hedge our bets for our children and ourselves.

The Growing Pains: This won’t happen overnight, as a matter of fact it’s happening right now. A big question I have is how will everything unfold, and what should we expect when unemployment begins to rise?

High Unemployment: As they say “idle hands are the devils workshop”. Income inequality along with unemployment could lead to civil unrest, martial law, and most certainly a faltering economy.

The Constitution: Like it or not, this could mean a complete restructuring of our government and our constitution. With unemployment surpassing that of the great depression, the government will have no choice but to “take control”.

While they are trying to whittle away at the 2nd amendment and our civil liberties today, in a situation like this it will be much easier.

Universal Income: One thing I hear quite often is how universal income could solve this problem. The issue I have with this (of many issues) is who’s to pay for it? And what about our existing debt?

If no one has a job, does big business pay all the taxes and own our country at that point? While this may work better in Europe and China, I don’t see it going that smoothly here in the U.S. for many reasons.

Preparing For an Artificial Future

When it comes to preparing for a future like this, the basics are still the most important. We should however give a little more attention to our finances and becoming more self-reliant.

Getting Out of Debt: While it can be a challenge to get out of debt, it is possible. This is especially hard when you factor in all the survival supplies we need, and the other areas of preparedness.

Monthly Expenses: As Americans we love our stuff, and I’m just a guilty as the next person. By reducing our monthly spending we can find ways to increase our prepping budget, and pay down our debt.

Investing: Whether or not you should invest in gold and silver is a hot topic in preparedness circles. but in this scenario, investing in silver, gold, and other hard assets will greatly benefit you and your family.

Grow Your Own: With the exception of a house payment or rent, food is where most of our monthly income goes. Learning how to grow our own food and raising animals will reduce how much we depend on outside sources.

Basic Skills: Along with the supplies we need, survival skills are also important. By “survival skills” I don’t mean building a lean to shelter or making a friction fire, I mean skills that are lost to people today.

Am I Overreacting?

It’s very possible. As preppers we tend to overreact all the time. This is because I would rather overreact than be unprepared for something that could change life as we know it.

The fact that automation and artificial intelligence will become more and more prevalent is an absolute certainty. How everything unfolds is something we can only try to plan for.


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    1 Response to "Automation and the Economy"

    • WolfBrother

      In the 50’s and 60’s I grew up in a small, West Texas Red Neck Football town. Back then cotton was hand picked, in other words little or no automation anywhere.

      The downtown area of my home town was 3 blocks long on one street. We had two cotton gins, three mom and pop grocery stores, three full service gas stations, a post office, a beauty parlor, a laundry/cleaners, and small “drug” store that had a grill and hand mixed sodas. We also had a pool hall where the WWII Vets on pension would gather each day in the back and play dominoes.

      For growing and picking there were large numbers migrant families working for the various farmers. They would be brought into which ever grocery store the farmer frequented. The workers were allowed to charge their groceries. When the picking was done, the farmers would get their money, come in, pay the grocer bills and pay the hands what was left.

      There was a lot of money circulating in and through the various stores in the little downtown.

      Then things started changing. Cotton started to be mechanically stripped. In other words – automation in Agriculture started. Tractors became more powerful. Allowing one tractor in two days to do what used to take 3 to 4 days to do.

      By about 1965, we had one mom and pop store, one full service gas station, one cotton gin(the only one that re-invested profits into upgrading to match changes) and the pool hall.

      We also had an Interstate Highway come thru making the 15 mile trip to the county seat into about a 20 minute easy drive. Making it easy for the families to shop there for less money than in the local Mom and Pop stores

      That little bit of automation and the Interstate dried up most of the money circlulating in my little downtown. Which caused the downtown to dry up.
      This has been happening to most of the smaller towns all thru West Texas.

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