The Future of Artificial Intelligence In The Workplace Today, The real question is can artificial intelligence replace human race.
Over years it’s been obvious that technology has constantly been and would continue to be a very major part of our lives, especially in the workplace.
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) taking over a lot of things and a whole lot of our day to day gadgets have become ‘smart’, one can’t help but wonder what the future actually holds.
It is true that technology is definitely meant to make life easier and essentially more efficient but as really cool as the advent of AI has seemed to be, we need to be abreast of what the foreseeable future holds with these guys. (AI and the robots).
So basically the big question on people’s minds is ‘can Artificial Intelligence replace humans?’.
There have been movies in the past like I-robot, surrogate which suggested that this would definitely happen but let’s look at this issue more analytically.
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What we are afraid of
The world we are living in today has seen evolutions such as chatbots taking orders and conversing with people, driverless cars, drones everywhere and pretty everything is getting smart.
This whole romance with AI and robotics have been seen to be some sort of industrial revolution and one thing we know about industrial revolutions is that technology takes away jobs.
As much as jobs are lost, new jobs are created, it basically just renders some jobs obsolete and it wouldn’t be any different with AI and robotics. Given the speed of this phenomenon, it is hard to imagine that enough new career jobs will emerge.
What we do not know for sure is how much jobs would be lost or created. Predictions about those job losses range from a few million to over a billion, as a recent MIT study revealed.
This variance is because no one can predict accurately all of the jobs that robots and AI will assume from humans over the next few decades, neither do we know how many it would create. We just don’t know where the technology will take us.
One study from Gartner Research states that while 1.8 million jobs will be lost by 2020, 2.3 million new ones will be created.
Over the years we have seen totally new job roles been created as a result of development in technology. Jobs that weren’t there ten years ago, so we can’t really say that technology has totally eliminated jobs.
There is also the fear of people becoming antisocial as bots get to interact with humans now. We lose the basic skills of relating and communicating with fellow humans and being emotionally intelligent as we have programmed the machines to do them for us.
What we are aware of
We know for certain that humans create and control AI and robots but can artificial intelligence replace human race that is also improving themselves?
Therefore, the aim is to be able to leverage technology in order to make life easier.
The idea that these machines would someday replace humans in the ability of creative thinking, leadership, teamwork and the use of intuition is somewhat silly at least for now.
The fact remains that humans have to work together with technology to produce desired results, as humans create and program, technology obeys.
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A very clear example is the medical field. Robots currently performing a surprisingly accurate diagnosis and surgery, there is still a consistently great need for doctors in the world today.
So doctors are basically leveraging on technology to be more efficient at what they do.
Another example is China. China has become a major economic force in the world today due to its focus on automation and new technology through Artificial Intelligence and robotics.
China now exports way more than it imports and is having a huge impact on the global supply chain. In developed countries, far fewer people are willing to enter low-paying
Young people who graduate high school often have vocational-technical skills that allow them to enter the workforce with skills that are needed. Little wonder why tech is
What we foresee
Technology, (automation and robotics) would definitely eliminate jobs. Some kind of jobs though. Take for example jobs which includes lots of hazards to workers or just plainly, jobs that could be performed better by these machines like coal mining.
With the evolution of green technology, there is a reduced need for all the rigour that come with mining coal and readily efficient alternatives are coming up.
We also see technology being the largest employer of labor in recent years, as the workplace is constantly evolving to include technology in its daily dealings, humans are required to be smarter and be up to date about these technologies.
The workplace would need people who are willing to learn and develop themselves into humans able to operate this technology. People would have to be adaptable and given to continued learning and self-development.
Workers will need to develop technical skills and keep those skills updated as technology moves forward.
For those who would not want to deal with technology and feel it is too much of a hassle, they would need to look for jobs where human skills are of higher demand and minimal need for technology is needed.
In the world today, we see that chances of getting these kinds of jobs which would be well paying and give enough time are not as high as they used to be as such jobs are continually shrinking.
As technology spreads its offshoots into every aspect of our lives, we can only say it would take more time before these kinds of jobs would be overly pressed. You can also read more about this on FORBES
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From the above analysis, we can see that it is not entirely possible for the learning machines and artificial intelligence to take over humans in the human world.
We may not need to ask the question “can artificial intelligence replace human race” anymore, If we are constantly improving the human race in itself.
We know that to be at an advantage in the workplace, a person would have to ‘level up’ so to say. You wouldn’t want to be left behind scouting for jobs or being an expert at jobs that are gradually becoming outdated.
One is forced to actually grow and experience positive changes as a person in order to keep their careers on track. Is it too much of a hassle? I wouldn’t say, as far as one becomes better for it, then it’s fine.
So are our fears truly founded or not? No, they are not. The robots won’t take over the earth as far as we can see.
There is room for real economic and innovative growth for countries currently not doing so well as they can take a leaf from China and focus on using automation and technology to develop themselves.
Workers will need to develop technical skills and keep those skills updated as technology moves forward as India is currently doing.
We can’t afford to remain stagnant and somehow hope that things would go back to the way they used to be. It actually wouldn’t! It would just evolve into something else and keeps going on and on.
So as a person, an organization or a country the future is technology and technology is NOW!!
Let me know what you think in the comment below.