Do you think that a robot cannot do your job as well as you? Do not be so confident in this matter.
From big corporations to start-up initiatives to university libraries, more and more workers are caught in a competition they cannot win against smart machines and digital technologies that are acquiring “ordinary” skills and abilities at an extraordinary rate and are easier and cheaper to use. Currently, the global economy is experiencing a dramatic growth driven by modern technology that not only helps in producing and managing but also intrudes into the labor market transforming it greatly. Let us be honest: in many cases, robots turn out to be more powerful, flexible, affordable, and multitasking than most average workers. So, it will not be surprising if one day you come to work and learn that your boss is going to replace you with a robot. Perhaps, it sounds like science fiction, but everything that human can do a machine is able to do also, says Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston.
Toyota and Tesla Motors produce cars that can drive themselves. Scientists from North Carolina State University designed a high-tech library with 1.5 million books kept in 18,000 metal bins where robots carry out the work of librarians. WhatsApp has only 55 employees, 32 of whom are engineers. Uber is a global app-based taxi service replacing some freelance drivers with self-driving vehicles. In 2011, Chinese Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, decided to install 10,000 robots instead of hiring humans. Seven out of ten American workers could get fired and be replaced by machines in the near future. It is just a matter of time.