Chase Holding

4/13/18

STS W1

Professor Fleming

Robots In The 21st Century Work Place

 

As technology in the twenty-first century has become increasingly advanced, topics such as Artificial Intelligence and the use of robots have become main focuses of study. Many people fear that robots and artificial intelligence will soon begin to take over our society. While the technology to make intelligent robots exists, should humans use them in society?This question is more prevalent then ever in our society today. In simple terms, Artificial Intelligence is when a machine is able to understand its environment and complete actions based on its knowledge. Good examples of this can be shown in video games where computer players adapt to their surroundings and act accordingly based on how someone plays the game. While this is a small example of how people use Artificial Intelligence, scientists have begun to use this idea in machinery with specific regard to Robots. Many people have mixed feelings about the use of Robots in our society because they are afraid technology will soon dominate our world. Overusing Robots and other types of machinery that use Artificial Intelligence would be detrimental to our society, as it would lead to increased job loss and an overall sense of ambiguity and hatred towards technology and Robots as a whole.

Robots and new technology present the world’s workplace with many new opportunities for manufacturing. Recent articles have shown robots being capable of doing activities such as cooking, cleaning, and even driving. While they have always been used to some extent in factories, the more advanced society becomes as a whole, the more robots will be used in the workplace. While one might view this as a positive fact, there is no question that millions of people will lose jobs from this. The idea of robots taking over has been discussed before, as workers feared their skills were no longer valuable. In the past, these fears were shut down because robots didn’t have the ability to truly think like a human being can. However is this time different? The world has been shown how advanced Artificial Intelligence is becoming, so it makes sense that people should fear that their jobs might be replaced. There is no question that manufacturing businesses will soon be fully reliant on robots to do their work, however is this the only industry that will be affected? The answer is that low skilled jobs will most likely become obsolete in the next ten to twenty years, which is going to leave millions unemployed. For now, Robots still don’t quite have the ability to make decisions like humans can. Unfortunately for us humans, robots can do just about everything better that we can, besides feeling emotion. The idea that robots are superior in many ways is tough for many people to understand, and there is no doubt that people will be furious as robots and technology become increasingly prevalent in the work place. For now, the human race can only hope that their bosses value them as workers because before we know it robots will begin to take over.