They Won’t give you a Grin
They Won’t Give you a Grin
The current world has grown increasingly reliant on robotics in many areas of life; replacing human beings even in some tasks that were never thought would go on without human intervention. The move to a more robotic world has its advantages and disadvantages to the economy as well as the people themselves. Production becomes easier and more efficient as well as cheaper considering machine work throughout without break. On the other hand, human beings are isolated considering many are replaced from jobs they take pride in by the robots. However, a transition to a more robotic economy can be achieved, while the disadvantages of such a move are also managed. In whatever way such a move will be managed, it will have a lot of influence on the way people live, including what people choose to study, where many may be forced to study service provision related courses that still require human touch. However, robots have proved to drive economic growth faster (Huse, 2001).
In overall, a move towards a more robotic economy will have a positive impact on the economy. Robots have come to do some of the monotonous jobs that human beings get tired doing. Robots do not choose which work to do; rather, they are programmed to do certain tasks with efficiency as well as without tiring and making eras that humans do when tired or under pressure. With robots, production is also faster, cheaper and quality, and can go year round without needing breaks except when under maintenance, which takes just little time (Glaser, 2008). Improvement of productivity will result in improved living standards, working environment considering they can replace human being in most of the risky tasks within the industry, which results in improved health and safety by preventing such risks and diseases associated with handling chemicals. Generally, moving towards a robotic driven economy has more advantages that outweigh the disadvantages (Glaser, 2008). Looking at an example of the leading economies in the world, they are robotically advanced, which has enhanced their production further promoting the economy considering robots can be used in mass production.
In order to realize optimal benefits of robots in the future economy, it is important that a smooth clearly planned transition be established. There will be need for a strategy to manage the transition of the economy into a more robotic one to ensure there is harmony between the robots and the people they are supposed to serve. In order to manage the inevitable effects of robotic technology, it will be important to involve unions during innovations of such technology. The innovators will have to consider both the positive and the negative impacts of robots. The robots should be designed to integrate with humans in tasks, or as a team. The involvement of unions should come in to negotiate employment policies that ensure employees are represented, and well trained to handle such technology. The people must be ready and prepared to use robots as part of their lives, and there should be humanization in work and the readiness that will enhance cooperation between robots and humans. In order to prepare more for this transition, people must start by creating other jobs in other fields, especially service related tasks that provide a human touch that is required, which may not be provided by robots. This way, robots will not displace many form their jobs, rather, they shall be taking up tasks left by humans who have transferred t other jobs. This will help in managing some of the negative effects of the transition (Colestock, 2005).
Many people, when they hear of effect of robots, they think about loss of employment for people. However, robotic technology is affecting everybody including students who have to choose career. Some of the highly specialized tasks may be replaced by robots, including piloting that is one of the most respected careers. When an aircraft is flown by a robot without needing any human assistance, many pilots loose their jobs. Considering robots are cheaper, many airlines may want to automate piloting. This will not only affect the current pilots, but also students who wished to study piloting.
In simpler terms, many students might have to study courses associated with providing services to other humans, which require human intervention such as psychological and counseling services. These services require human brain to evaluate each situation to come up with a creative idea that may have a solution. Other services that might still require human intervention are research related, innovations ad hospitality jobs in hotels and restaurants among others. For students to have successful careers, they will have to direct their studies towards such courses that might not be replaced fully by robots. However, robot technology also comes with other job opportunities such as repairing them, engineering, and inventing them. In addition, robots do not have an intrinsic or their own independent brain. Rather, they operate on programmed applications and software designed for certain tasks. This means they are not capable of creativity, and remain machines under human command. This creates more jobs for software programmers who will be served with the responsibility of coming up with newer programs for the robots. This again influences students to choose careers directed towards such courses. Many semiskilled tasks such as loading and offloading, framing, welding and glass handling among most of tasks concerned with production in manufacturing plant are easily done by the robots. This discourages students from selecting courses associated with such tasks that are easily done by robots.
In conclusion, robots will enhance a better more reliable future. First, considering that the cost of living is going high everyday across the globe, reducing some costs will be economically beneficial for a country. In addition, advanced production using robotics will enhance quality of production, reduced wastage among other efficiencies that are required. In addition, using robots will make it possible for mass production. A transition towards a more robotic economy should be well planned through educating people to take up jobs in other fields that robots may never do, such as innovations. This should serve to tell students that they should put robots into consideration in selecting careers. In overall, robots are good for the economy as long as there are incorporated in our life well to serve tasks more efficiently (Huang, 2011). Above all, robots should make human life easier and not tougher or miserable.
Colestock, H. (2005). Industrial robotics: selection, design, and maintenance. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Glaser, A. (2008). Industrial robotics: how to implement the right system for your plant. New York, NY: Industrial Press.
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Huse, B. (2001). How Robots Will Affect Future Generations. Retrieved from: http://www.robotics.org/content-detail.cfm/Industrial-Robotics-Featured-Articles/How-Robots-Will-Affect-Future-Generations/content_id/834
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