WHY WE NEED NOT FEAR AUTOMATION

AI, automation, Technology / By Gal Ben-Tovim / August 1, 2019 / AI, automation, Technology

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.” – Bill Gates

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/bill_gates_104353?src=t_automation

As human beings, we are constantly changing because we are always learning. Like a machine, we receive more and more inputs. These inputs challenge our beliefs and understanding, and in turn, help us grow and produce outputs. We aren’t machines, but the society we live in requires that we fulfill our tasks in order to produce so that we can survive considering we provide value for the societal system. 

Technology is usually the major differentiator when it comes how we provide value, the early 90s is a prime example of where our lives began changing when relying on computers to start solving complex problems for us, mathematical, visual, faster methods of communications ie. emails, and virtual stores ie. the internet. Our lives changed through the idea of computer technology.

INDUSTRY TODAY IS BASED ON THIS CONCEPT – CHANGE IN TECHNOLOGY OR NEW TECHNOLOGY = CHANGE IN INDUSTRY. 

Those who rode through with their belief of technology foresaw that where there would be technological change. These were early adopters who succeeded in understanding this concept and benefited from it. 

When new technologies arise, it benefits the economy by creating more jobs and opportunities, shifting the interest and demand to other specializations.

For example, in 1984, the average annual salary for a software engineer, in the United States, was around $20,000 to $39,000. If you were to take inflation into consideration, that would calculate to approximately $46,000 to $89,000 in 2016.

The Evolution of the Software Engineer Salary – https://www.obecto.com/the-evolution-of-the-software-engineer-salary/

If we look at the shift of the 3rd industrial revolution, which began in 1969, to the 4th industrial revolution, which mankind has just stepped into, what seems to be apparent is the major shift in the technology of computers and the internet. This allowed this revolution to happen.

Mankind has been able to traverse vast sums of information, allowing the evolution of ideas and concepts to increase at light speed.

Automation of tasks and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next step in the evolution of technology. It is a pinnacle point where mankind changes its footing with the jobs that we are currently doing and refocuses a lot of wasted money and tasks on more creative work for solving larger problems and prioritizing a better standard of living and healthier decision making, not only for us but also for the planet.

A lot of the bad decisions made today are due to stress.

WHY STRESS LEADS US TO MAKE BAD DECISIONS AND DO STUPID THINGS –https://www.newsweek.com/why-stress-leads-us-make-bad-decisions-and-do-stupid-things-715638

Stress in the workplace because of sleep deprivation, stress because of small mistakes in a workflow. These stresses can lead to living unhealthy and fatal lifestyles that deprive us of making concrete planned out decisions. 

Automation will be a contributing ailment to these problems. Instead of having to do the monotonous tasks that cause these stresses, we have the ability to fine-tune our responsibilities and become command-operators where we manage computers/machines to do the work for us.

History has shown us that there have been many times where mankind has shown worry in the face of technology, although the reality is that it never hindered us.

12 technologies that scared the world senseless – https://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/12-technologies-that-scared-the-world-senseless-1249053

In fact, over time if you look at the American GDP below it actually accelerated productivity.  

http://datatopics.worldbank.org/world-development-indicators

Our concern is usually a derivative of the worst-case scenario. This is evident in many sci-fi movies today which display ‘doomsday’ plots where machines take over the world.

Hollywood has latched onto these fears to make some of the largest blockbusters and rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.

In reality, machines are made to be subservient. Looking at them in another view, where they are hostile, is fantasy at best. This is a way for some blogger/talk show hosts to make their money by instilling fear into the hearts of their followers rather than realizing that automation will solve many problems that mankind faces.

This is not the first time that Luddites displayed their technophobia.

An example in history where people feared technology is when the Stockton-Darlington Railway opened in 1825, people feared the worst. They believed that the human body wasn’t made to travel at incredible speeds of 30 miles per hour and one would surely die.

 9 Times in History When Everyone Freaked Out About New Technology – https://www.ranker.com/list/historical-freak-outs-about-new-technology/taeyura

WHAT AUTOMATION CAN DO FOR US?

Here are some of the benefits that automation will make possible for us. 

  • Raise wages 
  • Create jobs 
  • Reduce production costs
  • Reduce production time 
  • Eliminate manual processes
  • Higher efficiency 
  • Shorter workweeks for laborers 

Understanding that these examples are cornerstones to our benefit and will create a higher standard of living.  

There are also examples of speakers such as Ben Shapiro, American conservative political commentator, who on Joe Rogan’s (talk show host) podcast shed some light on the positives of automation. On the show, Shapiro discussed how it would take years for people to actually lose their jobs, and how automation would, in fact, make people’s jobs easier.

Another speaker on Joe Rogan’s show was Andrew Yang, the Democratic presidential candidate. Yang mentioned the idea of self-driving trucks used for deliveries for companies like that of Amazon in the future. The fear would be for truckers that they would lose their jobs. In reality, this would not happen for a very long time. There would be a period of integration and learning where old jobs would evolve into something new. For example, overseeing the functioning of these automated trucks while on their delivery path. 

The fear would be for truckers that they would lose their jobs but in reality, this would not happen for a very long time and there would be a period of integration and learning where old jobs would evolve into something new. For example, overseeing the functioning of these automated trucks while on their delivery path. 

Now that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? 

Automation is here to benefit us. We need to stop painting such a gloomy picture. We should rather embrace the adoption of new technology which is likely to increase our capacity for earning and our capabilities for increasing productivity.

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