Since I began doing research about robots and their future in the work field, I found it surprisingly difficult to find information about this topic. A funny way that this all came together started from one of my sources that I included in my piece that being from Youtuber SomeOrdinaryGamers and his view on the new Tesla bot and its purpose. After this video, the information that I did end up finding helped me out a ton because it came from people and writers who all feel the same way that I do about robots. They all agree that robots taking our jobs is inevitable and we must find a way to outsmart them by learning new skills because robots are playing catch up to us. The thing that surprised me throughout my research was the fact that robots are expensive considering their purpose and how much they do better. The production of robots is extremely slow and the main reason for this is that there is not much demand for robots, there are only a few people and companies that need robots like Spot from Boston Dynamics. Another thing that surprised me about my research was learning how much learning there is for AI and machine learning and how it still is not at its full potential in adapting.
The reason why this is important is that when AI and machine learning become increasingly smart, they can depend on themselves, no longer needing the assistance of roboticists. In addition, robots are easy to replace in the work field, and this matters because it can overall become cheaper for companies to just buy robots for less money than paying a worker the same amount for a long period of time. With this information, I hope that people who care about not losing their jobs, especially jobs that are considered “unskilled labor” should read into this research more because it will one day happen, and we can prevent it from being any worse than it is looking like it will be. Also, I think big-name companies such as Amazon and Google including smaller named companies/factories can benefit from this research in learning that workers need their jobs and robots cannot take that away from them. Instead, robots should be focused on becoming 1-to-1 assistants and not something that fully takes over. For example, the da Vinci Surgical System is a great example of something that went from skepticism to standard of care and now is the best robot for surgeries and surgeons still exists.
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