During my son's recent educational field trip at Creative Thinker, Boom na Boom Compound, CCP Complex in Pasay City, this sign on the wall rubbed me the wrong way: I find it to be anti-worker. It reads (as shown), "Robots make great workers because they can work around the clock on tedious tasks without making mistakes, and they never complain!"
Well, robots don't get hungry; pay house rent, electric consumption, water, transportation, hospital bills, etc.; buy clothes for themselves and their families; feed their families; send their children to school; and get paid below the cost of living. In this country plagued with rampant labor rights violations, I prefer that the management of Creative Thinker be more creative and progressive, and replace and rephrase that writing on their wall. It's not something that I want my child to read and interpret as praising the advantages of robotics over "problematic" manual labor. What I will teach my children is this: "Those fascinating robots, which are also products of human intellect and labor in the first place, should benefit more of humanity including the working class -- and not just for maximizing the profits of a few capitalists!"
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