Robotic Employees Are The Norm
Did you ever think your job would be in jeopardy because of an influx of robotic employees who work for virtually nothing but maintenance and can work as many hours as needed without fear of breaking any labor laws? According to a broadcast on “60 Minutes” that originally aired in January of 2013 but rebroadcast on September 8, technological advances; namely robots are revolutionizing the workplace. Defined in different ways, but for this commentary and the broadcast on “60 minutes”, a robot is a machine that is now doing the jobs of humans.
In television land robots were these likeable machines built to serve us. As you recall, in the movie “Rocky IV” the brother-in-law with his newfound riches bought a robot just for serving him. Even in this scenario, however, the robot was still taking the job in which a maid or butler would have held. It seems as if fiction predicted the future. In this segment of “60 Minutes” it was stated that the age of the robot has been anticipated since the debut of the 1927 film Metropolis. That would mean that people expected to have their jobs outsourced to robots and knew there would be no way to compete against these tireless, highly intellectual machines.
Will Humans Be Able To Adapt
Surgeons are using robots to assist in delicate surgeries with no damage. Robots have also become pharmacist and hospital certified nursing assistants. One corporate manager, who uses robots in his warehouse to do the picking and packing normally done by humans, stated it would take almost two humans to do the job of one robot. The percentage of Americans employed is at a 20-year low according to this segment.
If corporation are going to continue the trend of employing robots what is to become of those American who depended on these labor positions robots now occupy? Is it possible for robots someday take over the world as seen in the movie “I, Robot” another movie supposedly made in the fictitious realm? Well, the experts speaking in this segment of “60 Minutes” believe that it would not be possible for the warehouse full of robots packing and shipping the clothes we buy to become fully aware and take over the world. That is to be believed the same way that it was believed that robots would be the reason so many individuals are now unemployed.
Society will adapt to the increase of robotic employees in the job market because that is what humans do to survive. The corporations continue to make profits from the humans buying the products. Robotic employees allow the corporations to save money and make money, simultaneously. This new technology is pretty much a win-win for business but the question now is how the potential consumers will adapt in order to afford the products or services performed by their now robotic counterpart.