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Our last post discussed the cons of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and the robotic revolution looming over our heads. This article will yearn to explain its positives and how this change can be utilized for the betterment of humanity, instead of its demise. It will also explain ideas of those who are in favor of this transition from manual labor to automated one. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
TAXATION OF ROBOTS:
The previous article in this series explained how the influx of robots into all fields of life would result in a loss of 7 million jobs. While that might sound like a bad thing initially, this cloud could ultimately have a silver lining. That’s because this shift towards automation can be utilized positively if Bill Gates’ model of taxation upon robots is implemented. Such a model could not only slow down the automation process to a steady rate but also generate necessary revenue. Revenue that could be spent on the existing human resource to equip them for different jobs. Jobs that are more human capacity based instead of clerical office work.
This method has been implemented in the past and exists today in the form of our contemporary Education system. It was put in place after the industrial revolution to meet the need for workers who could perform low end redundant tasks. Such a workforce could then be placed in a system of hierarchy. And thus, the whole system is built that way.
With the robotic revolution taking place, we could free up all of the 7 million work force. This huge pool of humanity could then be utilized in areas that need human attention. In essence, it would be mass production of personnel to counter the negative effects of the current system. As in Bill Gates’ words; “reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class sizes, helping kids with special needs” are just a few of the fields that need our human attention.
LONG TERM EFFECTS ON DIFFERENT JOBS:
Another aspect of this whole scenario, such as the one highlighted in BBC’s website puts forth the effects of this robotic revolution in the long term. It gives a rough likeness of which jobs will be affected the most by this takeover of Artificial Intelligence (A.I). And unsurprisingly, the ones affected the least are related to creativity, imagination and artistry. The most likely ones therefore to retain their jobs will be people who have to come up with intuition and originality in their jobs; in short artists.
And that’s what humans are at the core are they not. Sure enough robots can come up and write a code for a computer program, cut steel in a factory or drive a car. But can they paint the Mona Lisa, write the Capital, direct Inception or play music like Hans Zimmer? The answer is a big NO. So, when it comes to advancements in Artificial Intelligence (A.I), the wave can be carried in the right direction. That is only if human resource is utilized in the most effective of manner.
POTENTIAL FUTURE BENEFITS:
If we train our future generations with the ideas of creativity instead of repetitive redundancy, it might as well solve many problems which we may not have expected of it. This robotic revolution could for instance take the focus away from hierarchy based education system; one that was put in place to chug out individuals with a specific set of skills. Skills that were mostly needed after the industrial revolution. It could instead enable our future generations to work on more aesthetic and organic ideas. They could subsequently adapt skills that couldn’t be taught to a robot in a thousand years.
Such a shift towards Artificial Intelligence (A.I) could ultimately bring fruit to a novel idea shared by a certain genius named Sir Ken Robinson whose Ted Talks reached out on the topic of Educational reforms. This consequently correlates to Bill Gates’ earlier opinion on how personnel could be redirected towards jobs that need HUMAN TOUCH. A single teacher for every pupil could be the ideal education model. That way, we could carve out the best of talents out of our coming generation. And that is a goal to work towards.