Rise of the Machines: This is When Robots Will Overtake Human Jobs

April 24, 201910:18 am
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Many experts have said that AI and automations will work side to side with human in the near future. Under such circumstances, can human workers take ownership in the workplace? Or will robot replace our position, instead?

While the growing presence of machines in the workplace is hardly a new concern in our industry today, the inventions of new technology always create a fear about the inevitable changes they bring to the society and industry. Jeffrey Sachs and Laurence Kotlikoff stated that the machines are getting so smart because it have microprocessor brains, such that they no longer need unskilled labour to perform certain tasks. They also wrote that smart machines now have wider roles in job than human. For example, robots are now collecting our highway tolls, checking us out at stores, taking our blood pressure, massaging our backs, giving us directions, answering our phones, printing our documents, transmitting messages, turning on lights, teaching children, and the list keeps going on.

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Not only in those low skilled jobs, robot will be highly employed for medium skilled jobs such as recruitment and manufacturing. In fact, these replacements will be likely to happen in the near future. Katja Grace’s team has collected a data from a total of 352 leading AI academics and industry experts to study about this case. After calculating median dates based on their predictions, the research showed that in the next decade more robots will be produced and taking over human’s role. Experts believe that all jobs will be fully automated in the next 120 years. Additionally, there are 50 percent chances that AI will be responsible for all tasks in the next 45 years. Likewise, you should be aware that these technologies are predicted to outperform human in tasks such as:

–          translating languages by 2024

–          writing high-school essays by 2026

–          retail by 2031

–          writing a bestselling book by 2049

–          working as a surgeon by 2053

Nonetheless, although machines are predicted to do more tasks than humans, they will create more jobs in the next four years as well. It is highlighted that while nearly half companies surveyed expected their full-time workers to shrink by 2022, almost 40 percent planned to extend their workforce generally. Yet, in these four years, companies should also help up- and re-skilling their workers’ existing skills. This development is meant to adapt to fourth industrial revolution.

Another latest report from World Bank also projected that technology will soon take over a more repetitive and low skilled tasks, and it is already happening if you take closer look to our workplace today. However, rather than talking about replacements, World Bank highlighted that our nature of work will evolve in future. While technology and automation are starting to handle thousands of routine tasks, it also creates new opportunities for different, more productive and creative jobs. “This is the fourth industrial revolution, there have been three before, and in each case we managed to survive so it is not the case that machines completely eliminated humans. Eventually, we will adjust”, Koujianou Goldberg said in the World Bank report.

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