Depending on who you listen to or how far you like to voyage into the world of science fiction, robots will either destroy us or make our lives much easier in the near future. According to The Guardian’s Dan Shewan, the “field of robotics promises to be the most profoundly disruptive technological shift since the industrial revolution.” Even though he acknowledges that 80% of Americans currently believe that their job will still exist in the next 50 despite also believing robots will be capable of performing human tasks, he still has a critical view.
In contrast, Kevin Maney for Newsweek writes that robots will indeed change our economy but, unlike a sci-fi horror movie from the ’50s, it will be a “happy ending.” Naturally, the answer will fall somewhere in between the two extremes, but the influence of robot technology is certainly something worth thinking about.
That’s what the insiders say, but what do the stats suggest? Well, a study by accounting firm PwC has predicted that 38% of US jobs will be lost to computers and robots by 2030. Delving deeper into the numbers, PwC’s analysis assumes that the financial sector will be most affected by the evolution of modern tech with 61% of the jobs out there being taken over by robots.
How Do People Really Views Robots?
What’s clear from this is that technology is on the ascent, but what does the average person on the street really think about the rise of the robots? The reality seems to suggest that it’s a thought, but not a hugely pressing one. According to a Betway Insider review of our attitudes to cultural phenomenon, our job security in light of robot technology is something we Google a fair bit. Taking a 2013 study that looks into the potential impact of computerization on our jobs, the company assessed that the odds of this actually happening is around 1 in 3 or the same odds as the belief another earth like planet exists (1 in 3).
On top of the stats suggesting we’re heading towards a computerized workforce and people thinking about the issue more and more, the evidence is also stacking up. Indeed, you only have to look at some of the less “impressive” innovations of the last few years to see this trend in action. For example, you can now use a free online service such as WhatCar to value your car. After inputting the data such as the make, mileage, and general condition, the websites will come up with a projected valuation. This service not only makes valuing your car easier, but it helps ensure you get the most money possible. Similarly, if you’re a traveler looking for a slicker trip, there are tons of apps out there such as Yelp and TripIt’s Travel Organizer that can computerize many of the jobs you’d have to do yourself.
When Jobs Are At Risk, People Pay Attention
In the above instances, would we say that computers and robots are a problem? The answer is most likely not. However, it seems that some people have an issue when it looks as though an artificially intelligent entity might take money from our pockets instead of help save us money. But what if the opposite is true? Perhaps the biggest benefit of robots and computers in the workplace is that they can perform repetitive tasks without getting tired. If for instance, you’re an internet entrepreneur, you’ll need to harness the power of Instagram or Twitter to drum up support for your product.
As per our tip on building a solid fan base on Twitter, tweeting regularly is crucial. However, just as working on a conveyer belt is repetitive, tweeting can become repetitive. Fortunately, products such as JVZoo’s Auto Tweet Generator take the effort out of the task. By setting certain parameters, the software will put out tweets for you on a regular basis and that will free you up to focus on other tasks. This, in many respects, is the reason computers can actually help make our lives easier and, moreover, help us make more money.
Over the last 50 years, technology has been used to make our lives easier in various ways and it’s unlikely this trend will change as computers and robots become more advanced. While there’s a chance that artificial intelligence machines will replace us in certain jobs, it’s unlikely to be the apocalypse dystopian lovers love to predict. In fact, it’s more likely that they’ll be replaced but moved into a more engaging role. Indeed, if businesses harness technology in the right way, things such as robots offer a great way to become more efficient and make more money. However, what they also offer is a way for workers stop performing mundane tasks and have a better quality of life.
Whether or not the “rise of the robots” will prove to be useful or not remains to be seen. However, what is clear is that living on either extreme, especially when it comes to business, probably isn’t the best place to be.