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Mankind’s advent into the world of modern technology has brought about much change to the way we tend to spend our lives. State of the art tech these days has penetrated just about every aspect of human life. Its effects, while far felt can at times be both positive and otherwise. And while the time of automated Terminators and Iron Man suits might be far away, it’s safe to say that robots and automated machines have descended upon us. Today’s world consists of bots that can hold the door for you on your way out of the restaurant and serve the food as well. This advancement of artificial intelligence meanwhile will result in a loss of around 7 million jobs come the dawn of 2020. Most of those 7 million jobs will be low end clerical ones such as drivers or data entry operators; tasks that are redundant and repetitive.
So, the real question that hangs over tech tycoons is not whether to carry on with this automated advancement or not but the matter of what to do with 7 million unemployed people. Should artificial intelligence replace everyday clerical jobs is the question that poses itself. This article puts forth the opinion of its opponents; the Luddites and discusses the adverse effects such massive automation can have on our human Eco system.
LOSS OF 7 MILLION JOBS:
The first and most obvious backlash of such advancement will be the economic one. 7 million people losing their jobs would mean 7 million families losing a bread winner. Such a shift could create a mammoth social divide. Its outcomes would be similar to the ones of the Luddites as mentioned above.
DROP IN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE:
Another logical consequence of constant automation can be our over reliance on the infallibility of computers and the resulting drop in human effort and intelligence. It could also lead to unforeseen accidents and errors as the human brain could develop a false sense of security while relying on the automated machinery.
LOSS OF NECESSARY SKILLS:
Even in today’s world, there are many tasks which were once carried out by humans and have now been automated. This has certainly resulted in diminishing the process through which those skills were acquired. And machines at the end of the day are well; MACHINES. They can break down, stop functioning and leave us stranded without a moment’s notice. The real question therefore at a certain time in the future will be who or what will perform the duties that have been long termed redundant if a machine stops working. The necessary skills and human resource for that work will have been long phased out and there might not be a way to ever learn them back.
LOSS OF HUMAN INTERACTION:
The adverse effects of technology on our organic human lives can be felt wherever we may look. We see teenagers glued to their mobile screens, hundreds of people walking through a park with their headphones on, not interacting with each other. Imagine what a world of complete automation would look like. It would result in even more loss of humanly interaction and would thus create a disjointed society, something we’re fast moving towards.
Yet despite their resistance, the opponents of modern automation and Artificial Intelligence cannot change the fact; this paradigm shift is inevitable. It is surely going to happen over time. So, the real concern should be how to deal with it in an effective manner instead of resisting it. Our next article will aim to do just that. Until then, stay tuned.