IF COMPUTERS TAKE OVER MANY OF OUR TASKS

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Over the course of twenty or thirty years from now many humans will have less to do. Automation looks set to replace many jobs in the next few decades. What work will be left for humans to do?

When you look around, all you see are computers, mobile phones, and all kind of devices, helping us in being smarter. With the aid of computers many things can be done in a better way and in less time.

Recent statistics are clearly showing that computers are slowly taking over.  China’s Changying Precision Technology Company’s factory used to need 650 human workers to produce mobile phones. Now, the factory is run by 60 robot arms that work around the clock across and Only 60 people are still employed by the company.

Al Varian, chief economist at Google, said this in predicting about the future: “The future is simply what rich people have today. The rich have chauffeurs. In the future, we will have driverless cars that chauffeur us all around. The rich have private bankers. In the future, we will all have robo-bankers”

“World Bank data has predicted that the proportion of jobs threatened by automation in India is 69 percent, 77 percent in China and as high as 85 percent in Ethiopia,” according to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim in 2016.

Much of the automation debate is focused on the future, but thousands of jobs are already being replaced by machines.

Take the ecommerce giant, Amazon, which uses 45,000 robots in its warehouses – all doing jobs that would previously have been carried out by people.

A recent study by McKinsey estimated that as many as 800m jobs will be automated globally by 2030 – that’s about 60 percent of jobs and around 30 percent of all activities. In a recent interview with Quartz, Bill Gates argued that in order to offset job losses due to automation, governments should tax companies that use robots.

Even though most of our jobs are being replaced, most people claim new jobs will be created such as robot repairs because technologies create new jobs as well as destroy them. In the United Kingdom, automation has destroyed 800, 000 lower-skilled service jobs over a 15 year period, but has created 3.5 million higher-skilled jobs in their place.

In as much as machines can take over, there are some things that can’t be done by them because humans are the ones who make machines and that makes them more efficient than machines.

Yes, computers can defeat humans in several tasks. But we can say that we beat them in much more such as: survival, nourishing, reproduction and adaptation.

Human beings take decisions based on memories and experiences they have had in the past, Machines are incapable of this quality which makes human beings unique. Machines can only do for what it is programmed to do but humans can respond to any emergencies or unknown outcomes because the human mind is dynamic.

Take for example Tesla. The company that produces cars, most of their tasks are automated such as automated welding, paint and body work processes, which is not unusual.  What is unusual is the automation of final assembly work.

Errors in that process have slowed down production of the car.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, tweeted in response, “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake… Humans are underrated.”

The truth is that no one has any real idea of the number of jobs at risk.

In one of my articles, I wrote about some of the jobs that might be automated in future such as; Assembly-line and factory workers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and truck drivers, phone operators, receptionists, bank tellers and clerks, pilots, bartenders, postal workers, doctors, surgeons, soldiers and guards, chefs and cooks.

It really does sound like we might be facing the end of work as we know it but perhaps when most of our tasks are taken over, we will be able to spend our time on more important other things such Spending quality time with family, enjoying life and eating healthy good foods.

Value social interactions with other humans as well as our artistic side.

Life probably will be focused more on humanity or vice versa. The truth is Humans still need to feel important and do something that gives them the zeal of life.

The following are some of that tasks that probably most humans will be left doing.

Computer support specialists

This job is expected to grow in the future because if more people resort to using tech robots, then we will need more support from computer support specialists.

Human resource managers

We will always require a human being in this area, because you are dealing with human dynamics you need both Verbal and none verbal communication. There’s also a need for proper reasoning skills and non-cognitive behaviour.

Sales managers

This job requires humans because of its nature, there is need for someone who can quickly adapt and make decisions based on current events quickly.

Event planners

Event planners deal with a lot of paper work, interpersonal interactions and coordinations to make the event successful. It is not possible for a machine to use organisational skills to plan events so event planners will always be important.

Writers

No one can replace writers because a writer uses their imaginative mind to create; Artificial intelligence can’t do that but can only help with research.

Conclusion

Computers will not make humans obsolete because they keep upgrading us. At this stage it is hard to keep machines separated from us. We can’t do without machines and machines can’t do without us. In future it will even be harder to distinguish between man and machine, since our mutual dependence is increasing.

 

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