What impact will robots and artificial intelligence have on our future? There are two ways to think about this question. Some people believe that robots will make life worse for humans by stealing our jobs. There are others, however, that believe that although robots may take the mundane, repetitive, and laborious industrial jobs, they will create other supervisory and higher-skilled jobs. At IdeaEngineUSA we support all manufacturing endeavors, especially those that save money, make the workplace safer, and that are more productive, all of which robots do.
Taking Some Jobs, while Creating Better Ones
It’s understandable that, with the rise of robotics, people might fear that robots will take our jobs. This is not an accurate assumption, in fact, many believe that by taking certain jobs they will create others. For example, the Dusseldorf Airport has a robotic valet service that lifts your car into an aerial parking lot. By creating this system, it allows people to maintain and repair these robots(Source). In fact, we will need to maintain and repair all sorts of types of robots because they are not fully self-aware. As long as robots do not have a consciousness, we can build robots that will be instrumental in helping our businesses, which will create additional jobs in fixing, and supervising them.
Productive and Safe
Robots make fewer errors and perform their job more safely when doing certain jobs than humans do. Humans have flaws, as do robots, however, our flaws include becoming fatigued and distracted which contribute to making occasional mistakes on the job. Robots can carry much more weight without becoming fatigued, and will not become injured unlike human workers who can(Source). They can also work in difficult conditions, like in poorly lit buildings or with toxic chemicals.
Saving Money for Businesses
Businesses save money by building robots to work for them. Although robots cost anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 (Source), depending on whether you add extra applications onto them, the return on investment pays for itself. Depending on the exact amount, this cost is equivalent to about one year’s salary of a factory employee. This means that after one year has passed, the robot’s productivity pays for its initial cost, and the robot can last for many years.
Don’t Fear Them, Embrace Them
Robots may seem intimidating to most people who are not familiar with their true limitations. Robots do not have a consciousness, and probably never will. That is why it’s important for the public not to fear them, and instead embrace them in the manufacturing industry because of their enormous benefits.