Machines and robots have already taken over many of the jobs that used to be performed by humans and there’s no doubt that we can expect to see much more of that in the near future. The question is whether the change is necessarily going to have a negative effect. It might actually end up giving us a whole new perspective on our work life!
In the radio program “The Naked Scientists” from BBC, futurist Liselotte Lyngsø talks about what we can expect from future work life, where robots have been given all the physically tough assignments.
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Before getting all worried about loosing your job to the fast and top tuned robots, think about how it might end up being a total win win situation. All indicators show that the more we put technology into different areas, the more busy we get ourselves. For instance, within healthcare you now monitor the elderly people in order to know exactly when they need water, when they need exercise, and all it has created is this hydra’s head with even more jobs for the healthcare providers. And we will be around 10 billion people so there’s going to be plenty of stuff to do, it’s just going to be different tasks than we’re used to.
Today, many people get stressed and have to take leaves from their work. In the future we’ll look back and think that “people were so primitive, pushing people like lemons! Now we can actually get something better out of people, because we understand how they work.” Yes, the robots will take over many of the jobs that we have today, but luckily, there will be so many new jobs in the future, that we haven’t even discovered yet. And those jobs will require qualities that robots can’t offer, such as an emphatic mindset. Because we’ll make robots do the “hard work”, people will work in a whole other way, designed for them individually, so that they won’t get stressed and depressed. This will happen as we’ll go from “headhunting” to “teamhunting” because we’ve discovered that people work better together and need human contact. We won’t go on retirement anymore, instead we’ll take breaks and get recharged during our work life.
“Looking at ourselves as machines, that’s a big mistake. We really have to find out about human nature. Empathy will be important and difficult for the machines to master and the ability to be irritated is going to be the key to clever innovation. Likewise people can get lazy, and that’s also a good sentiment if you want to create a better planet because we find ways of doing things in smarter ways. We have to tease out human capabilities and find out how to find our individual potentials”.
Listen to the whole radio program with Liselotte Lyngsø and learn about what future offices are going to look like when holograms are fully developed. You can also discover why we’ll replace our traditional education with micro chips and implants of memories!