Automative technology...friend or foe?
Published: 28th September 2020
It’s undeniable that technology is playing a bigger role in today’s modern world. After all, anything that’s designed to make our lives easier must be good, right? Technology is all around us, from heating and lighting our homes, to ensuring goods are delivered to our door within 24 hours of ordering them.
Technology has changed the business landscape. Jobs that were once incredibly dangerous for humans to carry out have been made far safer with the use of technology and many processes have been made much easier too.
But now, many people are becoming more and more worried about the prospect of automation and smart technology. For many, the idea of increased automation is intrinsically linked to human job losses as a technological process can remove the need for human intervention.
For manual labourers, the prospect of technology/robots taking over their role is undoubtedly a fair thing to worry about, and it would be naïve to assume that automation use won’t continue to cause some level of disruption to the jobs market. But robots won’t be coming to steal your jobs… honest!
The World Economic Forum predicts that robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022, but will create around 133 million new ones. This shows that just over 43% more jobs will be created by smart technology than those that are lost. This is undoubtedly good news, as it means more jobs for people who are currently without employment and that there’s room for both humans and robots in the workplace.
It’s also predicted that AI, robotics and other forms of automation have the potential to contribute up to $15 trillion to global GDP by 2030. That’s an absolutely massive amount and this will undoubtedly lead to more jobs being created by the increase in wealth around the globe. It should also lead to better financial growth and economic state in many places throughout the world.
Smart technology is there to increase productivity and will be able to take away some of the simpler and more mundane, manual tasks that we do on an everyday basis. This would mean workers had more time to dedicate to other tasks that simply can’t be completed by robots. This could mean more time for business planning, strategising and creativity – just a few areas where robots just can’t compete against us humans.
The key to safeguarding your organisation against the feeling of automation being the enemy is being adaptable and open to new technology, rather than being against it and resisting it.
This may mean having to train workers in order to update their skills and make them better suited for roles that are influenced more by technology. Being prepared for this and having plans in place for how to do this is key. Being able to reassure your team that provisions have been made for these advances and that they will be trained sufficiently in order to cope with this will help allay any fears that automation will replace them.
Those workers who are dedicated to embracing technology and seeing it as a friend, rather than foe, will be the ones who truly flourish. Those who are engaged and take time to learn about new technology and its impact on their job and industry will be the ones who become indispensable and show they can never be replaced by robots.
This article is featured in UP Magazine Issue 9