Is automation taking away jobs?. This question has led scholars and analysts to ponder on this issue and come up with a definite argument. So how did this all start? With electricity being available to industries in the early 20th century it was in the 1930’s that Tom Ford came up with an automated assembly line, which reduced the time of production and increased the number of cars by many folds, This was start of new era of automation. For the last decade of the 20th century the process of automation was moreover the same. But now everything has changed.
What’s different this time:-
The claim that recent technological advancements, especially artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, internet of things (IoT) are a threat to jobs is an argument that’s turned on its head.
If you take a closer look at the jobs that are replaced by the machines they are mostly manual labour related and blue collar jobs.
In the last couple of decades’ advancements in workflow software, content management, business rules management, productivity software, including the recent robotic process automation – in short, most information technologies – have, in fact, aided progress in orchestration and decision making as well. This means that not only the manual work, but supervision and management jobs have also been replaced by technologies.
Does this mean all the managers and blue collared workers will lose their job. The answer is no! Assuming the threat is real we should take a look at the underlying pattern here. The pattern being: automation primarily replaces the repetitive, banal and conventional parts of a knowledge worker’s job, freeing up the individual’s bandwidth to perform the real tasks expected of the knowledge worker, also creating further cash flow for the business to grow and as a whole scope of work expected of people.
The flip side of the debate is that people having a particular manual skill are still losing their jobs. Obviously, there’s an immediate burden on people to upgrade their skills or change working habits to perform real knowledge work. However, that is what have precisely been the expectations of business as well as workers, since eternally. People get bored doing the same things over and over again, and without an external ascribe to improve their working environment, the productivity as well as motivation goes down over time.
At Arya College Jaipur:
Arya Group of Colleges offers best in class automated labs. It is one of the only few campuses which has SMT (Surface-Mount Technology) machinery available for students, which help the students to simulate the on hand machine environment. It’s not just this the best engineering college is the first MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) incubation center in the state of Rajasthan . This enables the student to harness his creativity under the guidance of experts, and gives them a learning edge against the other students as they have already acquired the technical knowledge which will be required by them in the next 5 years.
As a wise man once said “If you are not living on the edge you are taking too much space.” In this world where the industries are continuously evolving- machines replacing manual labour- the inventor threatened by its own invention. The only way to thrive is to keep on increasing your knowledge of the industry.
To put the debate we started with to rest. No, automation is not taking away jobs. The increase in the global industrial has never been this enormous. The only thing which automation is inflicting is rise in the demand of more technical sound workers who are efficient. The demand for skilled labour has never been this huge. The only question that remains is whether you are skillful enough to take the job or not.