It wasn’t long ago when robots were merely props in movies or television shows symbolizing the future and future possibilities in technology. Most of the time, these robots were merely household aids designed to cook you breakfast or clean around the house, such as in Flubber or Back to the Future II. That being said, no one expected the current rise of robots that aren’t just aiding us in household chores while we are away working at our job, but are instead taking those jobs away from us.
That’s right—you could possibly lose your job in the coming years not due to poor-skills or an injury or anything of that sort, but instead because of a robot. An analysis conducted by Price Waterhouse Cooper claims that up to 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be conducted by automated methods by 2030. 38 percent!
Another study, this one conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, focused on robots’ impact on the U.S. labor market between 1990 and 2007. While the results themselves are not pretty, it is even more worrisome that other studies on the same matter are being concluded with very similar, troubling results.
What the National Bureau of Economic Research discovered was that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been made obsolete due to automation methods in recent decades in the U.S. labor market. The data claims that one industrial robot was added to the labor market for every 1,000 employees between 1990 and 2007, creating that staggering job loss recently mentioned.
The worrisome fact behind all of this is that robots are only going to continue to improve—the technology and programs being used to build and control these robots are continuously advancing and there has never been more effort and focus in this field than ever before. It isn’t all bad news, though. Many of these automated robots are very beneficial and life improving, such as surgical robots. The da Vinci Surgical System, created by an American company called Intuitive Surgical, is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery. Due to it being controlled by an actual surgeon from a console, it does not totally eliminate surgeons, but it does make them less vital.
Another example of beneficial automated robots is unmanned aircrafts, or drones, used by the U.S. Army. While it is indeed a very controversial topic, it allows the men and women serving our country to fulfill their necessary duties without putting their lives at risk. Again, it is a very controversial topic, but it is a great example of how robots are able to improve the lives of those that they serve. So while robots continue to rise and continue to replace hard-working human beings, I’m afraid that this is only the beginning. While there is skepticism to whole thing, there’s a lot more scientific proof declaring otherwise. The future is here, and the future is made and produced by robots.
So while robots continue to rise and continue to replace hard-working human beings, I’m afraid that this is only the beginning. While there is skepticism to whole thing, there’s a lot more scientific proof declaring otherwise. The future is here, and the future is made and produced by robots.
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