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Robotics, Automation, Artificial intelligence tools and business ethics
In next 4-5 years, humanity will experience biggest employment loss of all times due to inclination of businesses towards Robotics, Process automation and artificial intelligence tools. Although it may be required to stay competitive in market, is it ethical from humanitarian perspective? As a community dedicated towards well being of society, should we make some effort to curb this?
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The same fear was there when the computers were being introduced everywhere. Did the computer or rising computing power eliminate people or did it create enormous opportunity ?
Yes it will definitely kill jobs and at the same time it will generate new jobs to bridge human machine interface (to handle the stuff) & provide better services (since machines cant do what humans can-at least for now).
@ There is difference between introduction of computers and asking computers to do what humans are doing now. Invention of computers was primarily to have data storage, faster thinking and more analytical abilities and to have computers achieve this, humans we're needed.

However, in current context, companies moving towards Robotics, automation and AI, are doing it for the reason of increasing profitability. And the obvious result of these initiatives is job loss.
Unfortunately, people who lose jobs will be the ones who need it the most.

There is nothing that can replace the human need 100% but you are right, certain sectors like sales, cashiers will have a significant reduction. Other sections won’t be affected much.

I am not sure what could be done as I guess this will become a fact of life and it will depends on the companies and how they relocate their employees because other jobs will be generated too.
Services (Maintenance&Up-gradation) will comprise Almost 51% of the business - Most of the sector will be service based! Also AI shall tear apart the existing traditional jobs & get everything up at a logical level. PMs who can match that pace (rare few) will survive. Technological Advancement (The Systems' Evolution) will be the next disruption. Instruments & Accessories shall capture nearly the same amount of market as the Systems. The job focus shall shift to developmental and up-keeping.
OCR technology has no doubt helped reduce errors and increase efficiency, it has also improved employment for those into development field, but the amount of labour it has reduced and will reduce in future is substantial.

Robotics was more suited for economies like Japan where human resource was in scarcity. However for other economies going this route is unfortunate.

Use of these tools in Space reasearch, marine research where humans have limitations is understandable, but introducing it in every field of life is disastrous.
First, please let me say I am working with AI from 1986 and I earned a master degree on the field. There is a general misunderstanding outside there about AI will make people loss jobs. That is not right. In fact, people can search for statistics on the field. People do not know but AI is using from years ago and we are surrounded of AI devices (software and non-software) right now. For example, inside refrigerators. The same for some AI devices or where AI is applied like robots (from years ago you can find them in lot of places). When you use AI inside software devices the human being is needed because the final decision relays into the human being, I mean, the AI software device offer a set of decisions to take but the human being must decide on one of them. So, the same with any technology progress. Nothing new behind the sun. I am one of those people that started working with technology programing a punch type.
Charudatta -

Such protectionism might work on a regional or national basis but would result in the region losing competitive advantage with others.

This is by no means the first or last time that advances in technology have disrupted existing jobs. There are many new roles created through such advances so the key is for governments, employers, educational institutions but most critically individuals to upskill themselves vs. attempting to slow things down.

I sincerely appreciate views of all of you. I understand that it is up to individuals to adopt to new technologies and you and me who are part of this conversation are capable of this adoption. My concern is for those industries, economies and markets where substantial efforts are required to increase employment opportunities and excessive automation works exactly other way round.

While I completely agree with the fact that it is required to be competitive, my basic question is about analysis of risk associated with these developments as there is no central agency which is monitoring the pros and cons of this.
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