Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce Is “Real”
It’s no surprise that the use of technology and automation has constantly been on the rise. The need for companies to streamline productivity in the workplace has been a constant mission. For years, robots have been gradually making their way into the workforce. Every year there are more and more gains to deploy more and more robots to increase production. So what does that mean for the workers who used to do those jobs? For every one robot it could reduce employment by about 5.5 workers. (Dvorsky, 2017)
Robotic automation could potentially reach a net loss of numbers close to 375 million employees worldwide by year 2030 (Condliffe, 2017). Those are some very intimidating numbers that leaves a lot of us questioning what’s in store for the future, but there is a plus side. With the robots being able to produce much more effectively and efficiently is where the productivity gains come in to play. The robots tend to replace repetitive and manual work related functions, but that is a good thing considering a lot of people don’t enjoy doing those types of jobs anyway. Along with that, it also creates new jobs and responsibility that robots can’t do, for now.
A prime example is the rollout of ATM’s. By having an ATM replace the work of a teller it brought costs down and with that it became cheaper to operate the bank branches which lead to more branches opening up thus creating more opportunities for people. Artificial Intelligence gives the potential for new areas for us to evolve into and change how things used to be done. Some business could see labor productivity about 40% and that number could become even higher in years to come. (Columbus, 2017)
There will always be a cause and effect with Robots and Humans. Where one takes over another opportunity arises. There are pro’s and con’s to both and the real fact is that robots will never go away. We just have to find ways to co-exist in the workplace. It’s all about being able to adapt to change and new ways of doing old things. The one thing about change is that it is more constant than the Bison Football winning National Championships.
Dvorsky, G. (2017, March 28). Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate. Retrieved December 06, 2017, from https://gizmodo.com/robots-are-already-replacing-human-workers-at-an-alarmi-1793718198
Condliffe, J. (2017, Nov 29). Robots Could Force 375 Million People to Switch Occupations by 2030. Retrieved December 06, 2017, from https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/609580/robots-could-force-375-million-people-to-switch-occupations-by-2030/
Columbus, L. (2017, June 22). Artificial Intelligence Will Enable 38% Profit Gains By 2035. Retrieved December 06, 2017, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2017/06/22/artificial-intelligence-will-enable-38-profit-gains-by-2035/#7546c8a61969