The dark side of robots
Like any new developments, concerns that these new technologies could match or surpass humans, create fear among some – including Stephen Hawking – while others are less pessimistic. Rollo Carpenter, creator of Cleverbot
, says: "We will remain in charge of the technology for a decently long time and the potential of it to solve many of the world problems will be realised."2
Certainly, one of the biggest and most imminent impacts of this technological revolution will be its effect on our workforce.
A recent WEF
report estimates that 7 million jobs could go within five years as technology replaces humans in manufacturing, retail and administrative roles. In construction, this could be as many as 50% of workers. The reskilling and upskilling of today’s workforce will be critical to support employees through this transition and help them fill the new roles that will be created by technological advances. At Dusseldorf Airport, where a robotic valet parks cars
, humans are needed to maintain and repair the robots that are much more complex than machines found in today’s offices and requiring a different skillset.
Although this may seem some years away, as an industry we cannot afford to ignore these developments. We need to explore these technologies now to reap the benefits and address the challenges we will face in the future.
1 http://www.techrepublic.com/article/ai-is-destroying-more-jobs-than-it-creates-what-it-means-and-how-we-can-stop-it/ 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30290540