How Automation is Changing the Way We Get Paid


The world is becoming more automated every day. From self-driving cars to robot assistants, automation is changing the way we live and work. One area where automation is making a big impact is in the way we get paid. Instead of receiving a paper check or cash, many people are now receiving their pay through automated systems. But what are the pros and cons of this new way of getting paid?

Pros of Automated Payment Systems:

Convenience: Automated payment systems make it easy to get paid. Employees no longer have to wait in line at the bank to deposit their paychecks, and employers no longer have to spend time writing out checks.

Accuracy: Automated payment systems are less prone to human error than traditional payment methods. This means fewer mistakes and fewer disputes over pay.

Speed: With automated payment systems, money can be transferred instantly. This means employees can get paid faster and employers can pay their bills more quickly.

Security: Automated payment systems are generally more secure than traditional payment methods. This is because they use encryption and other security measures to protect sensitive financial information.

Cons of Automated Payment Systems:

Dependence on Technology: Automated payment systems rely on technology to function. This means that if there is a technical issue, employees may not get paid on time. This can be frustrating and can cause financial difficulties for those who rely on their paycheck to pay bills.

Fees: Some automated payment systems charge fees for transactions. This can be a problem for low-income workers who may not be able to afford these fees.

Lack of Control: With automated payment systems, employees have less control over their paychecks. They cannot cash their check at the bank and may not be able to dispute any errors or discrepancies.

Privacy Concerns: Some people are concerned about the privacy implications of automated payment systems. They worry that their financial information could be hacked or stolen.

Automation, Jobs, and Wages

On the one hand, automation often creates as many jobs as it destroys over time. Workers who can work with machines are more productive than those without them. This lowers both prices and costs of goods and services and makes consumers feel richer. As a result, consumers spend more, which creates new jobs.

On the other hand, there are workers who lose out, especially those who have been directly displaced by the machines and who must now contend with them. Indeed, since the 1980s digital automation has increased labor market inequality, as many production and clerical workers have seen their jobs disappear or their wages drop. New jobs have been created—including some that pay well for highly skilled analytics workers. Others pay very low wages, such as in the personal services sector.

New Automation: Is This Time Different?

The “new automation” of the next few decades—with much more advanced robotics and artificial intelligence (AI)—will expand the range of jobs and tasks that machines can perform, and involve greater worker displacement and inequality than in the past. will have the potential to cause Generations of Automation This may affect college graduates and professionals much more than in the past. In fact, new automation will eliminate millions of jobs for truck drivers and retail workers, as well as healthcare workers, lawyers, accountants, financial specialists, and many other professionals.

So we must ask: are these times really different? Will the ability of workers to adapt to automation by acquiring new education and skills be affected by the frequency and breadth of tasks that AI-enabled machines will perform?

AI will increase the challenges many workers will face due to automation, while still contributing to a higher standard of living due to higher worker productivity. At the same time, we will need a much stronger set of policy responses to ensure that workers can adapt so that the benefits of automation are widely shared.

Policy implications

New and improved policies should be adopted in the following areas: education and training, the creation of "good jobs" by employers, and wage supplements for workers.

Our most important challenge is to improve the breadth and quality of education and training. To become a complement to AI, more workers will need what researchers call 21st-century skills. These include communication, complex analytical skills that often require a careful judgment of multiple factors and creativity. The onus is on K-12 and postsecondary schools to place greater emphasis on adopting and teaching such skills.


Automated payment systems have both pros and cons. While they offer convenience, accuracy, speed, and security, they also come with the potential for technical difficulties, fees, lack of control, and privacy concerns. Ultimately, whether or not to use an automated payment system is a personal decision that depends on individual circumstances. It is important to carefully weigh the benefits and drawbacks of these systems before making a decision.

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