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19 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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More work for robots, new roles for humans

More work for robots, new roles for humans

A World Economic Forum, WEF, report has confirmed what we have been noticing for quite some time – the taking over of many jobs by artificial intelligence or robots. The latest prediction is that by 2025, which is seven years from now, almost 52 per cent work will be done by robots. The report also cautions that humans need to upgrade their skills if they want to remain in the job market since a wide variety of service oriented work will be done by robots, thus creating a large redundant human work force.

It’s believed that a wide range of work from accounting to postal services to industrial work can be performed by machines and will inevitably be taken over by artificial intelligence. We have already seen in car production plus other fine work which needs pinpoint precision, robots being used with a large number of invasive surgeries done by robot guided laser machines. However, it’s absurd to think that one time everything will depend on machines with human qualities relegated. For example, a robotic publicity agent may appear novel and stir interest for a time but will never be able to add that human devotion to the work. A robot may be precise but lack that much needed human magnetism; which is why machines can aid a publicity manager but never take his/her work.

The same applies for other work. Machines made to deliver meticulous work will be needed, though when it comes to creative endeavours, needing fantasy and a heavy dose of imagination, the flawed often irrational human mind will be essential. This is not to say that there is a contention between machines and humans. As society moves forward, the approach to making life better and comfortable relies on a cohesive approach, involving both robots and humans.

In UAE, robot police officers have started to offer services, under the supervision of a human cop. In the near future, many such law enforcers may be machines but law enforcing is not just about acting on a set of rigid rules; it’s also about using moral judgments and acting against what may seem practical. In the same manner, many of the work that make the current world go around, impeccable logic is sometimes overtaken by what is deemed right by the human conscience.

More machines in the future are welcome news; they will come as an aid to humans. However, beyond the call of duty can never be performed by machines, only by flawed humans.  

 

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