The idea of robots taking our jobs isn’t new, but as Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more advanced and more tasks are automated, is there a job a robot cannot do and where do human beings fit into the workforce of the future?
The pandemic has left millions of people around the world jobless. In October 2020, 11 million people were unemployed in the US alone, compared with around 6 million the previous year. Robots, of course, are completely immune to Covid-19.
A recent report from the World Economic Forum predicted that by 2025 the next wave of automation will affect 85m jobs globally. Whilst new jobs will be created, “businesses, governments and workers must plan to urgently work together to implement a new vision for the global workforce” *. In other words, robots in the workplace are quickly morphing from helpful technology to competing for employee of the month.
In the book Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future, it’s defined as “using computers to do things that normally require human intelligence”. And back in 1997, IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue beat the best chess player in the world at the time, Garry Kasparov. One move by the supercomputer confused and frustrated Kasparov, leading to his surrender. A mistake only a human could make. These days, robots can check you into a hotel and deliver you room service and help you at the self-service checkout in the supermarket.
AI might not pose the threat that Hollywood would have us believe with brilliant robots killing or enslaving humanity. But in the real world, the impact of automation on employment and the future of work is an increasing certainty. After all, when an organisation can save money with more robots in the workplace, that’s just what they’ll do.
But having said all that, there are some amazing upsides. Take how Artificial Intelligence is used online, for example. It optimizes our Google searches and our Facebook newsfeeds. And in the world of e-commerce, Amazon utilizes it to learn what type of products and books we like. Robots can answer your questions about a missing delivery and even pack up thousands of subscription boxes.
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