Now Technology is Against us; Job-Stealing Robots


İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- Technological developments debated in an uncommon perspective in the World Economic Forum, in Davos. CEO’s debated the future of some careers.

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decades but CEOs alleged that the actual reason was the development of machines.

From taxi drivers to healthcare professionals, technologies such as robotics, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and 3-D printing led more and more jobs to be obsolete.

To exemplify, Adidas aims to use 3-D printing systems in manufacturing some special jogging shoes.

CEO’s argue that it is an inevitable process as efficient robots were designed that complete the work quicker and better than a human, without any wages or breaks.

Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, said “Jobs will be lost, jobs will evolve and this revolution is going to be ageless, it's going to be classless and it's going to affect everyone".

Secondly, Chief Executive of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, said "I think what we're reaching now is a time when we may have to find alternative careers through our lifetime,"

WEF calls this the ‘’fourth industrial revolution’’ which blurs borders of the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

For a while many advanced technologies remain more expensive than low- or medium-skilled labor but it is likely to be changed.

In 2015, Forrester Research predicted a net loss of 7 percent jobs by 2025 and hopefully asserted that some lost jobs will be replaced with new ones. It is a matter of money. Who or which does the task more efficiently, takes the job.

There is a famous film as ‘’The Artificial Intelligence’’ released in 2001, about a modern Pinocchio story in that a robotic boy tries to be a ‘real’ boy to please his human mother. Regardless of the romanticism in the movie, there were a lot of scenes that concerned me. For instance; in a scene, there is a machine called Dr. Know, works both as a librarian and also the book itself. I am aware of the situation as most of the people, including me in specific situations, prefer to ‘’Google it’’ rather than looking for a solid book in a library. However, I am afraid of the future, I don’t want human to be beaten by what he designed. I want to use conventional methods to search, work and relax.

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