Increasingly in many factories around the world, humans are only really needed to feed the machinery and clean up after the robotic arms that complete the monotonous tasks of; picking, packing and pushing objects through the production lines, everything from car parts to cake slices.
Many companies have set targets to automate between up to 50% of their workforce using robotics, and whilst one half of the human world are screaming out for these jobs, the other half are screaming for immediate redemption and low costs. So where do we balance out?
Robots taking over? Yep, pretty much. And it’s not just in manufacturing.
The Henn-na hotel in Nagasaki, Japan is the first of it’s kind to be staffed entirely by humanoids; from check in, through dining and service (you’ll have your sushi served up by a raptor none-the-less) to check out and departure.
The rise of the robots is being coined as the fourth industrial revolution, and growing fears and concerns of ‘technological unemployment’ continue.
And it doesn’t stop there. Deep learning is moving the ability for robots to do the mundane repetitive tasks to developing algorithms that rinse, repeat, but then learn and decipher too.
So what’s the human advantage?