Are you one of those people who believe that technology is scary? That instead of bringing good to the world, it only encourages adverse outcome? Have you thought about it replacing your job or might do things better than anybody else? Is there a slight chance that you picture yourself less than able compared to a piece of metal? Well, for sure you already thought about those things. You also ask someone you know or a member of a family how many jobs will change if ever machines take over.
Innovation VS Human Labor
Technology mostly discusses artificial intelligence due to its fast processing capability. That’s perhaps okay because most people don’t complain. Everyone seems happy in dealing with the innovative situation. Maybe that’s because they believe in “technological advancement.” That everything around us only moves forward, and nothing will bring back to the old age.
Over the years, the development of machines helped in making human lives more manageable. There are lots of inventions that provide efficiency, accuracy, and spotless products or results. With that, we didn’t have to spend much effort in working only to survive. We see a lot of changes and developments in our lives that we become thankful for the development of such. However, what we didn’t notice is everything about technology comes with a cost.
For about thousands of years ago, as innovation goes along with human evolution, stone craft workers were driven out by bronze makers. But when iron tools came together, all the bronze workers immediately lost their jobs. If you noticed the pattern, the industrial revolution wiped out most of the livelihood of millions of hard-working people. These include weavers and cobblers who teach themselves to adapt to technological changes. Because if they don’t, they will get left behind. The same pattern that put these individuals in a different situation away from the manual task is still happening today. But only now, the transition goes ten times faster.
The Reason For Job Insufficiencies
All kinds of routine jobs have become automated over the past few years. Well, that’s because of the breakthrough of technologies such as radio frequency identification, robotics, computing, and high-speed networking. With these provided elements, we are now surging in globalization. It allows industrial companies to transfer and move jobs across other countries with less financial constraint. That is because the technological process is way cheaper and convenient. Regulating inventories and procedures are well-maintained.
Globalization and technology wipe out millions of manufacturing and jobs over the past few years. From textile mills up to plantation, human labor is getting scarce. The jobs we thought that only humans could do are now in the hands of technology. Machines become the best option because they don’t get tired and weak. Their physical attributes are incomparable to humans’ capability to finish a task in multiple ways. But not all that, even our high skill jobs are also at risk. That is due to the integration of computer processing. When you try to calculate the growth of computers from the last decades, its progress doubles every two years. Before, the database was huge but only amounts in limited access to information. But now the information gathered from an unlimited amount of data can now fit in a small chip inside a mobile device. And in a few more decades, we can expect that a computer will become ten thousand more influential than it is today.
Computers already use artificial intelligence to monitor, create, regulate, and process data. It can easily recognize people’s faces, beat the world’s greatest math or chess masters, easily understand and translate a variety of spoken languages, and even effortlessly compose music or draw a painting. As computers learn to analyze human behavior and mental function, they grow and develop into something that diminishes social interaction. Technology will replace hundreds and thousands of professional jobs in the coming decades. There could be a machine that can follow the recipe correctly, machines that simultaneously work on multiple surgical operations, machines that complete household chores within minutes, and more.
With these unnoticeable features of technology, you might start to wonder. Yes, there’s comfortability, savings, and less energy exertion when innovation provides services. However, it is somehow the reason why a lot of people in our generation can no longer use their potential skills. There is always a risk that jobs in the future will get replaced by technology. But before you bestow a judgment, you also need to balance things. Though globalization and technology destroy jobs, it is also important to note that these also create jobs. It is through the generation of new market and industries for new products and services.
We don’t know exactly what the future would bring us, but we can be sure at one thing – transition. Everything is changing now, and it will continue in the future.