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A Bit Too Much


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A topical, hard-hitting story about job loss in the face of automation and AI

A Bit Too Much isn’t a comfortable read, despite the tongue-in-cheek humor and biting sarcasm. It hits too close to the bone as it describes how Jack Lack, a man without an advanced college degree, loses job after job to automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

He takes computer course, so that he can ‚Äúdine with the enemy,‚ÄĚ but he ends up with humongous student loans‚Äď-and the bills keep piling on.

This dispiriting state of affairs is further compounded by the fact that everywhere he turns, he finds humans losing their livelihoods to machines. Jack fights back in the only way he knows‚Äďand it is so distressing to read about this hapless man with no future to speak of.

The fear of losing one’s job to a robot is not misplaced, as 2019 news reports say that one-quarter of American jobs are at a high risk of automation. Clack has picked up on this sentiment perfectly and woven an all-too-real story around it. Descriptions of Amazon’s automated stores and Uber’s driverless cars give the story a sense of immediacy.

The writing is smooth and descriptions are informative, although I was wondering where the story was going as Jack bounced from one job to the other. The ending is heartbreaking, although I’d say there’s somewhat of a silver lining as well.

You‚Äôre free to make what you want of the story because it offers no solutions, nor does it take any sort of stand. It is simply a tale of the misfortune of low-wage, low-skilled workers who find themselves facing the brunt of technological ‚Äúprogress.‚ÄĚ

It certainly got me thinking about neo-luddism. I wondered if governments have a responsibility toward their citizens to ensure that they are not thrown out onto the streets as a result of AI taking over their jobs.

Should companies attempt to reskill their workforce instead of laying them off? How can governments solve the problem of growing unemployment?

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About the author

Johnny Clack is retired from NASA. He lives in Temple, Texas with his wife Belinda. He has an extensive collection of Ngarden Gnomes. He has three exceptionally beautiful granddaughters - Fiona, June, and Baby Hazel. view profile

Published on February 01, 2020

30000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional ūüŹÜ

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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