AP Analysis: Technology Kills Middle Class Jobs
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Five years since the great recession engulfed the world, the impact is clear. Millions of middle-class jobs have vanished. Experts now fear those jobs are lost for good - killed by sophisticated technology and smarter software. (Jan. 23)


DURATION:-----------------------------------------2:20SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFresno, California - Recent1. SOUNDBITE: Art Liscano/Meter Reader (transcript below)2. Wide of Liscano getting out of work vehicle3. Wide of Liscano walking up to a home to read the utility meter4. Medium of Art looking at a 'smart reader'5. CU of 'smart reader'6. Wide of Liscano walking around a neighborhood in Fresno7. SOUNDBITE: Art Liscano/Meter Reader (transcript below)File - New York City 8. Crowd in Times SquareFile - Chicago9. File video of people on lunch break walking Chicago streets10. File video of a man operating an electric dolly in a warehouse11. File video of a man stacking boxes in a warehouse12. File video inside a shoe store13. File video of a man looking at a computer screenSan Francisco - Recent14. SOUNDBITE: Martin Ford/Author and Software Entrepreneur (transcript below)File - New York City 15. File video of construction workers16. File video of the NY stock exchange17. File video of man sitting in front of computer in business setting18. File video of man on the phone in front of a computer19. File video of a man sitting at his deskSeoul, South Korea - Recent20. Wide of a woman in South Korea inside an automated bank21. Wide of a woman walking out of a bank in South Korea22. Wide of a man in South Korea inside an automated bank23. CU of a computer screen inside an automated bank in South Korea24. SOUNDBITE: (Korean with English translation overlaid) Kim Nam-Sook/Bank Customer (Transcript below)Tokyo, Japan - Recent25. CU of train doors opening in Tokyo, Japan26. Medium of train doors opening in Tokyo27. Wide shot from inside a commuter train in Tokyo28. Medium of the exterior of a commuter train 29. Wide shot inside a commuter train30. Wide of train tracks in TokyoAtlanta, Georgia - Recent31. Robot arm moves into position at a warehouse in Atlanta, GA32. CU of a "Made in the U.S.A." sign inside a warehouse33. Pan of a workers inside an Atlanta warehouse34. Wide of workers at Factory Automation Systems in Atlanta35. SOUNDBITE: Rosser Pryon/CEO, Factory Automation Systems (transcript below)36. SOUNDBITE: Andrew McAfee/MIT Center for Digital Business (transcript below)File - New York City37. Wide shot of masses of people in New York Seoul, South Korea - Recent38. Wide of a woman entering an automated bank in South Korea39. Medium of a woman using a touch screen in South KoreaAtlanta, Georgia - Recent40. Man opening up blueprints in an office41. Wide of an automated robot in AtlantaVOICE OVER SCRIPTSOUNDBITE: Art Liscano/Meter Reader"We were kind of warned that technology was going to come in."ART LISCANO IS A UTILITY METER READER IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA... THANKS TO TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS LIKE THE SMART READER, HIS JOB IS ON THE WAY OUT.SOUNDBITE: Art Liscano/Meter Reader "Here in Fresno our workforce has decreased from approximately 50 to about 10."IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION CIRCLED THE WORLD. THE ECONOMY HAS TAKEN IT'S TOLL ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. BOTH SMALL AND BIG BUSINESS ARE REPLACING WORKERS WITH TECHNOLOGY. THE MOST VULNERABLE WORKERS - THOSE DOING REPETATIVE TASKS THAT PROGRAMMERS CAN WRITE SOFTWARE FOR.SOUNDBITE: Martin Ford/Software Entrepreneur"We need to worry a little bit. We are going to see it all around us, it will be low skill jobs and high skill jobs, like people sitting in offices will be replaced by algorithms." IN SOUTH KOREA, SOME BANKS ARE CLOSING BRANCHES MAKING EVERYTHING SELF-SERVE, COMPLETELY AUTOMATEDSOUNDBITE: (Korean with English translation overlaid) Kim Nam-Sook/Bank Customer "It is very convenient. I used to wait for a long time to see a teller in the past. Living in these bustling times, this kind of things are very good to have."JAPAN IS NO DIFFERENT. SOME OF THE RAIL LINES IN TOKYO ARE COMPLETELY AUTOMATED, NO CONDUCTORS, JUST COMPUTERIZED SYSTEMS.AND IN CHINA, A RECENT NEWSPAPER HEADLINE READ " CHINESE ROBOT WARS SET TO ERUPT"FACTORY AUTOMATION SYSTEMS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA MAKES ROBOTS FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS WHEN THE RECESSION HIT, BUSINESS SLIPPED AWAY AND LAYOFFS OCCURRED WHAT THEY REALIZED WAS THEY COULD APPLY THEIR OWN SYSTEMS, USING THEIR OWN TECHNOLOGY TO RUN LEANERSOUNDBITE: Rosser Pryor/CEO, Factory Automation Systems"what's gone is the repetitive factory type jobs. I guess the ones we would call "blue-collar" in the past."SOUNDBITE: Andrew McAfee/MIT Center for Digital Business"When we have an economy that doesn't need as much labor, what do those people do? That's the great question that is going to come along with the great re-structuring." TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS HAVE BEEN THROWING PEOPLE OUT OF JOBS FOR CENTURIES. BUT HISTORICALLY, MORE POSITIONS EVENTUALLY GET CREATED. IN OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY, ONLY TIME WILL TELLROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ATLANTA, GEORGIA(****END****)