Are You Losing Your Job To A He, A She, Or An It?

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Will Smith & Sonny The Robot From I, Robot | photo by inverse.com

It wasn’t that many years ago that a saying was popular with bosses in reference to their employees. It was “Do your job. If you don’t you know you can be replaced by a monkey.” It may not have actually been true, but it did impress upon the employee that they could easily be replaced if they didn’t do what was expected of them.

Industrial Robots Building Cars At Hundai | Photo by medgadget.com

For quite some time now machines have been replacing humans in various jobs. Robots are used in the manufacturing of cars, trucks, etc. and even used in the operating room of many hospitals. Television shows and movies have portrayed robots in many different situations from helping us do the most difficult tasks to robotic armies that want to take over the world.

Isaac Asimov | photo by biography.com

Writer Isaac Isimov devised the “Three Laws” that ruled robots. They are: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the first law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second laws.

Will Smith & Sonny The Robot From I, Robot | photo by inverse.com

Sounds like he covered all of the bases with those laws, but many movies have been made showing how those laws could be circumvented causing chaos and the ruin of the human race. His story “I, Robot” was made into a movie staring Will Smith and depicted seemingly benevolent race of robots who are turned against humans. We seem to have an innate fear of robots (Artificial Intelligence) either replacing us at work or running amuck and taking over the world.

Technical University Of Munich | Photo by Technical University Of Munich

“Study finds workers would rather be replaced by a robot than another person” is the title of an article in TechXplore.com written by Bob Yirka. His article begins by citing the work of researchers who published their findings in the journal Nature Human Behavior. The three researchers, Armin Granulo, Christoph Fuchs, and Stefano Puntoni, are with the Technical University of Munich and Erasmus University of Rotterdam in Germany.

The researchers performed three studies. Quoting the article “In the first study, the researchers asked 300 people if they would rather see a colleague replaced by a human or a robot – 62 percent of respondents chose the human. The researchers also asked the same group how they would feel if it was their job at stake – this time, only 37 percent chose the human option.”

I don’t know how you feel about it, but I would rather not be replaced at all by either another human or a robot. Regardless of which one replaces me I still will have been replaced instead of being allowed make corrections to my work that would be more acceptable to the boss.

The second study involved 251 people who were asked to “rate how much negativity they felt about losing their job to a robot versus to another person.” The people in this group expressed that they felt less threatened by the thought of losing a job to a robot versus another person.” The researchers suggest this is likely because people do not feel the need to compete with a robot the way they would with another person. If a worker is replaced by another human, it casts doubt on their ability to do a job – if they are replaced by a robot, though, it is just a sign of technology  taking over.”

Study number three involved 296 people. They worked in manufacturing and were …”asked if they thought they were going to lose their jobs someday due to being replaced by some form of technology. They report that roughly a third of respondents felt like it was a real possibility.”

Medical Robots | Photo by medgadget.com

Another article, this one from May 16, 2017, was published in D/SRUPTION hub.com listed “10 Jobs where Robots are Replacing Humans.” It was written by Laura Cox, Senior Staff Writer. Here is the list: 1) Call Center Operative, 2) Courier, 3) Surgeon, 4) Farmer, 5) Security Guard, 6) Retail Assistant, 7) Fast Food Worker, 8) Journalist, 9) Truck Driver, and 10) Soldier. If you would like to see the description of each category go to D/SRUPTION.com.

If your particular occupation is not on the list you can be sure that someone, or a group of someones, out there is trying to find a way to automate at least a part of if not all of your job too.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

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