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aservant

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:15:11 AM

Art Liscano knows he's an endangered species in the job market: He's a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he's driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used.

But PG&E doesn't need many people like Liscano making rounds anymore. Every day, the utility replaces 1,200 old-fashioned meters with digital versions that can collect information without human help, generate more accurate power bills, even send an alert if the power goes out.

"I can see why technology is taking over," says Liscano, 66, who earns $67,000 a year. "We can see the writing on the wall." His department employed 50 full-time meter readers just six years ago. Now, it has six.

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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:41:28 AM

This is frightening when one thinks about the hunger that might ensue.
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:51:37 AM

depends... as an old CompSci professor said... garbage in, garbage out...
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:46:13 AM

NO! I don't see my main job (being a parent) as a job- it is my passion!
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:29:50 PM

I guess in the future the smart technology can pay unemployed people to sit home on their couches!
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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:03:07 AM

Video Rental Clerks also have high unemployment
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skempton
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:01:54 AM

That's the Smart Grid for you.
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AVKZ
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:38:52 AM

What are people supposed to do to support their families?
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:13:19 AM

soon there will be even less jobs in america only welfare
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hotwire43
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:04:49 AM

Good for big companies to be able to save on labor costs, but bad for people who still need jobs to make a living.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:07:28 AM

The rise of the machines is real
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grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:04:05 AM

Comes with the time.
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:55:41 AM

as long as they pay me to watch them !
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MImusicman
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:35:33 AM

Not mine
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leeac
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:07 AM

Smart machines may replace jobs like meter readers and assembly line workers but they cannot replace jobs in the trades like plumbers and electricians and those that repair the smart machines. Get a trade, young man.
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:23:45 AM

$67,000 a year to read meters,no wonder our bills are high
go to smart meters
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FPLREP
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:19:55 AM

We have been using "electronic read" meters for over 14 years. Two men in their trucks can read all the meters in one day!
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yardslave
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:53:04 AM

Are they hiring? $67k a year to be a meter reader?
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SUPERSTEVIEO
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:40:51 AM

a meter reqader making $67.000???? well it may just make sense... that in my book is an overpaid job.... sorry, but i agree...
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pscamp
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:12:28 AM

WOW!
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molebaby96
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:08:52 AM

Maybe better than some humans.
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:44:44 AM

No
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