Contrary to popular beliefs and media buzz, most people do not fear technology and automation hold dark times ahead. A good number of experts predict massive layoffs and increasing unemployment due to automation, robotization, and implementation of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, or cognitive computing. They do not take into account the mankind’s adaptive nature and the shift to blue collar work, though. And the average Joe does not believe those dark predictions as well.
People Believe Technology Will Create Opportunities
A recent survey by PwC, shows that working respondents in China, Germany, India, the UK and the U.S are confident they will not lose their jobs while new technologies will bring new possibilities.
Some 37 percent of those surveyed say they see a world full of possibilities and 36 percent believe they will be successful in a high-tech world. Thus, 73 percent of people are confident that technology can only make their lives better, one way or another.
Only 18 percent of respondents are really worried about what future of work holds for them, quite a low percentage compared to optimists.
Do Not Worry But Study
The experts of PwC see a world in 2030 where organisations compete to find and secure the best talent available and use all available means to retain their talented employees. That is what a genuine knowledge-based economy will look like and those worried by tech advancement would better go to school and leave their fears aside.
A chatbot or robo-adviser may replace humans in customer support or basic consulting; nonetheless, human interaction will always be in demand. The Internet of Things networks can drastically change the way we live and introduce tremendous computing power if used properly but those networks will need qualified people to work. And all those tech innovations will need further development and tweaking. So education is the key, not restrictions on the use of AI or automation in any field.
AI Is Not Your Enemy
Luddites hated machines. They had a simple answer to industrialization and increasing use of machines: hammers and cudgels to destroy them all. Since then, machines are everywhere and the average purchasing power is many times higher at comparable or lower unemployment rates. It is as simple as that.
Ethical questions aside, why should artificial intelligence and use of robots bring a disaster such as the one Luddites have imagined. Why should we perform heavy and repetitive tasks manually if AI and robots can take over such tasks. Evidently, corporations and governments should change and adapt, as well as the average worker. However, this is not a matter of technology but of common sense and wisely performed overall adaptation.