It has merit, but only tells part of the story. People who work in a specific trade that gets automated may be put out of work, but technology also creates new industries that would not otherwise be possible, and may not have been conceivable before the new tech took hold.
In this case that analysis is wrong, we have already seen lights out factories for car engines, transmissions, and many other things. In China FoxConn is replacing the majority of their factory workers with robots over the next 10 years. There are plans to automate the production of robots, the owner of Rethink Robotics drop a bomb shell a couple months back, his plan was/is to have robots building robots. (to quote C3PO, robots building robots, madness!) We have more manufacturing in the US than we did a few years back, but we have more machines building things.
Tesla is head down the fully autonomous route, every 2 years they are upgrading their factory automation, the estimate is in less than 8 years they will be able to increase production as much as they want, without increasing the number of employee's. And in less than 10 years start decreasing the number of employees.
The Tesla Gigfactory will for the next several years require large amounts of people, interesting thing though, when the deal signed with Nevada begins to expire, is the same time the automation allows for massive reduction in the number of employees. I guess it pays to be a forward thinker and understand the path technology is headed on.
How is this not the equivalent of a phone company recording your phone conversations without a warrant, and how does this not violate wiretapping laws? Deep packet inspection allows them to see what you are saying on blogs, in messaging web apps, etc, if it is not encrypted via https.
Do you want to know why people like this site and others like it, and why the following here is so large?
Sites like TechDirt take press releases and news stories full of corporate and political double speak/lies/utter and complete bullshit, remove the untruths and distraction, and leave us with something approximating the truth. Which is a breath of fresh air, in an age of corporate owned media outlets, all of which are either biased toward one side of the political spectrum or the other, or have agendas.
When you've got numerous government agencies that care more about their ability to gather intel or make their jobs easier than the safety and security of the public
Most of the time it is defense contractors and security firms selling the government a bill of goods, in an attempt to sell services or products (software) to them. The intel communities around the world believe, that more information is better, and that is not the case. The more information you have, the less likely it is that you will find anything of value due to false positives. In the end government electronic snooping makes us less safe not more.