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Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

Is there any merit to the fear that robots will make humans less productive or useful?

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Some futurists, technologists, and engineers predict the fall of human productivity in the coming years and decades concerning robotics and artificial intelligence taking over the human job industry that the world has had for centuries. There is some debate as to whether technology can overcome human output in certain jobs and functionality within those jobs.

Artificial intelligence has come a long way, but it is not ready to tackle most human jobs yet. In fact, human jobs need to be increased to be able to program the robots that many fear will take over their current jobs. It takes programmers, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and others to be able to recreate the current jobs that are done in mid-level skilled trades to enable robotics to completely take them over. And it is not an overnight job. It will be a long time before the artificial intelligence systems put into place are able to replicate the skill that a human has been trained to do.

There is no doubt that robotics and AI will be able to do more functions that people do now, but it is not foreseeable in the near future. It will be a long time for human creativity to die out. Humans are the programmers and masters of the robotic algorithms that can do certain jobs. We control what happens with the systems, not the robotic mechanisms themselves.

Technological advances only make jobs easier at this point. There is no need to fear advancement in automated devices, what can be called “robots”. They are put in place to help the worker, not to replace the person whose job is to ensure reliability, craftsmanship, and quality. The robotics are an aid to the person rather than a replacement in most industries.

Look at a creative job such as an engineer or a chef, for example. Those industries rely on human ingenuity, and not an artificial intelligence system. Human hands make the food that comes from a restaurant, and many man hours are spent perfecting the dish that goes to the table. Much thought is put into the dish, similarly to engineering of anything else. Checkweighers and shipping systems go into this kind of industry many times per day.

The iPhone and Android operating systems weren’t thought of by a robot, but rather were conceived out of human forethought and ingenuity, as well as the infamous Windows and Apple systems. The inventors of the smartphone and, previously, the personal computer, were people who took time to answer the questions, such as why does something need to be invented, and how will it be implemented.

It takes human interaction to be able to answer these questions, and no robotics currently can answer them. It takes programmers and engineers to solve the problems of what humans face, in terms of many things. Applications for computers and smartphones require human interaction to function and make usable. Testing and patching of applications comes along with this notion, as well. User interface requires other human users to assist in development and strategy going forward, at least for the time being.

Humans have yet to scratch the surface of what is possible in the long run, but will remain in the industrial field for the long term. Robotics and AI will be able to take some jobs, as they have for decades, but will not be able to be a driving force in taking over humans’ activities, including foresight and advancement. The people have to decide what is best for them, and that will be the driving force in changes that are coming forward.

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