I have been speaking about robots and the impact these Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs) will have on our future jobs for a little while, and I wanted to share how real it is. You can now purchase robots online in various countries. Australia is not part of the list yet but I am hearing rumors that it’s not too far away check out this Robot shop http://www.robotshop.com/en/professional-service-robots.html
Economists and forecasters tell us that AI (Artificial intelligence) and machines will have a significant impact on the workforce. Predicting a fourth industrial revolution by developments in the genetics, and personal Robots in our homes by 2020. That is only 4 years away, fact or fiction? You be the judge.
AI, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and biotechnology. This may be a slight setback for the workforce.
WEF – World Economic Forum research tell us that net employment impact will be more than 7.1 Million jobs lost as a direct result of our proudest innovations, 2/3rds of these jobs will be in the office and admin sectors. The jobs most at risk will be admin and routine white-collar office functions.
The WEF forum notes that humans will retain relatively good potential for upskilling, redeployment and productivity enhancements through technology rather than substitution.
Who is doing it already?
Rio Tinto is planning to automate mining processes and direct robotic machines, and not people, into their mines. They are already testing robots in some mines.
If you thought that rock bands are safe well think again, Japanese Robo Rock Band Zima Z-Machines ‘Music for Robots’ launched their album in 2014, weird or fascinating?
Currently out of beta and in the market a US security company Knightscope brought out Autonomous Data Machine (ADMs), these are robot cops that can see, hear and smell suspicious behavior. They are forecast to replace 1.3 Million security guards in the US alone.
And not a rumor but reality (speaking from experience) Silicone Valley has these type of ‘Robo Cops’ patrolling the area already.
As more traditional and lower-skilled jobs are replaced and new jobs created, workers will have to find new types of work, and they will also need to learn to work differently.
Companies can help their employees adapt to this new environment by adopting a comprehensive digital strategy that takes into consideration how this will affect all staff, from the least technologically savvy to the most. They should ensure that workers are technologically literate and engaged, and help them see technology as a positive, as a way to save time and decrease effort.
Do you think that traditional work is dying out? Will office jobs be more flexible? How would you feel dealing with a Robot opposed to a human?
From my perspective we are living in an exciting time and I would love to hear your thoughts.