Will Automation make human work obsolete?
Robots now build cars and power mechanical diggers and other “dumb” jobs. What will surprise you is how quickly “mechanical minds” are making human brain labor less in demand. Still think robots can’t do your job?
Automation and robotics will eventually take over most of the tasks, especially the labor expensive ones, as computing gets smarter.
Talk of robots making humans obsolete is generally a topic that is still laughed off as science fiction by most, but this video could get you to rethink the future human work.
It lays out a compelling case for why almost half of those currently in the work force could struggle to find work once automation takes over in the near future.
Unlike “the singularity,” in which artificial intelligence takes over the planet in rapid and dramatic fashion, this paints a picture, backed up by statistics and current developments, indicating that the true singularity will occur gradually, with software and automations slowly erasing human jobs before we realize what’s really happening.
The analogy here is the horse and buggy in the 1900s versus the modern day car. The horse, viewed by many historians as one of the central tools aiding the advancement of human society for hundreds of years, is a perfect example of how quickly human workers can and will be rendered obsolete in favor of machine automation.
The usual idea is that The jobs that the robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge. But according to this, the machine takeover won’t be limited to physical labor but will permeate areas such legal, medical advice and even creative arts like music, painting and writing. Toward the end, it speculates that up to 45% of the current workforce could disappear due to automation.
The analysis, peppered with examples like the development of Google Self-Driving Car Project and IBM’s Watson, is indeed thought provoking and, in some ways, terrifying.
This will fundamentally challenge your thinking as to what’s next for these robots? The point is, it’s no more a question of If, but when?
How will we adjust to that change in job availability and skill sets? How best do we prepare ourselves & kids for this future?