Robots and Automation May Take Away Our Jobs...Or Not?

16 March, 2017
By G-Team in Technology
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With all the talks and buzz around artificial intelligence, automation and technology advances, the fear that these robots and genius technology will eventually take over our jobs is clearly evident. The question that revolves around these technologies is not whether they are capable of automating our daily jobs, but rather, which jobs might be completely obliterated due to robots and automation.
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While there are some underlying truths to these concerns, is this something that is truly worth worrying about in reality?

Robots are set to takeover certain jobs

Let's face it. There is no denying that many of our workplace processes are being automated. Mundane HR processes and paperwork are being replaced by HRIS and payroll cloud platforms. Hospitals and clinics are using automated robots to serve in-patients their regular meals. Even in places such as hawker centers and shopping malls, we see robots assisting to clear the tables or allowing people to place their food orders via machines.

However, the keyword to note here is certain. As automation of certain jobs certainly has a positive impact on businesses, in terms of cost and time efficiency, such technology improvements are definitely welcomed in the society. Yet, given humans' inherent nature to constantly strive and improve, there will always be more work done. And this type of cognitive work is something in which robots and automation can never achieve or think of.

The Reality of Automation

The truth is that the threat of automation is real, yet it is not a substantial threat. As predicted, repetitive and physical tasks are set on the path to be wiped out. Additionally, those who work in these industries for their source of income are likely to have their jobs being taken away with the automation of these processes.

However, the next wave of automation focuses on cognitive work, such as coming up with treatments to diseases or having the knack for buying and selling shares on the stock markets. Such processes will certainly prove more difficult to automate.

Furthermore, as technology strives to offload routine tasks, this enables people who are performing such cognitive work to become more productive. Workers are pushed to continue expanding their skills and improving on their soft skills such as strategic thinking, which essentially cannot be automated as of now.

These technological changes are not negative. Instead, people should learn to accept that technology will be an integral part of our everyday lives.  The trick here is to adapt and learn how to better incorporate technology and automation into our daily work. This will certainly push us to continuously innovate and create more efficient technology, which is something only humans can effectively do.