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Technology Edges Out Unprepared Human Workers

by • July 28, 2016 • No Comments

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YuMi the barista robot of ABB Robotics made coffee for all the attendees at last month’s Manufacturing Expo 2016 at Bitec Bang Na – and may start replacing human workers at coffee shops and franchises. [Photo: Bangkok Post Today]

It’s a common theme in conversations of the introduction of technologies into the workplace. Given the scarcity of high end employment, any news that innovation is edging out its human counterparts is in no way most likely to be succeded in without suspicion. After all, when innovation replaces workers, it rarely benefits the work force. Instead, it appears to mostly bestow its graces on an at any time increasing net worth of the wealthiest, while leaving workers unemployed and in competition for a drastically reduced number of job opportunities. Sometimes the jobs that ‘go away’ as a outcome of this innovation, howat any time, are jobs that were too risky, or actually downright dangerous, to be performed by individuals in a society that values human life. Other jobs that are busy by innovation are those that may nat any time have been possible to exist had their human counterparts been required to perform the tasks.

As with most things, while it is possible to take extreme position in regards to innovation in the workplace, it most likely is not wise. Yes, sometimes robots eliminate well-paid positions that were busy by humans who and so have negative employment prospects and long-term negative societal repercussions, as is well documented to have occurred with the technological revolution in the auto industry. On the other hand, sometimes they relieve individuals of laboring in conditions that are detrimental to their health or remove parts of their jobs that were tedious in order to free them up to take on additional significant, and additional informative, tasks.

There is another way in that innovation can manufacture a job unon the market for a human worker, other than just physically replacing them, as the Bangkok Post not long ago examined. Changes in innovation can in addition manufacture a worker obsolete if they are not appropriately trained to deal with its integration into the required duties of their position. For example, the internet has not made teachers obsolete, but a teacher who is unable-bodied to send an email or enter progress reports online may have a complex time fulfilling the tasks that are now considered to be a routine part of their day.

DPUIC_LogoInternational educational adviser Sir Ken Robinson has long been saying that we require to train a generation of children to ponder creatively in order to be made for a job market that we cannot yet envision and a study not long ago undertaken in Thailand additional underscores the truth of his observation. According to research conducted by the Quality Learning Foundation, Dhurakij Pundit University, and the World Bank, shifts in innovation may leave as much as a third of the workforce unable-bodied to find gainful employment. Rather than a easy one-to-one replacement, human worker for robot worker, the employment influences of replacing individuals with machines can be compounded by individuals who are just unmade to use innovation required for the completion of the duties of their positions.

Unfortunately, most educational processs are adopting a additional capacitys-based, ‘real world application’ approach to education that teaches children how to operate in an employment environment that can no longer exist by the time they graduate. Dr. Kiatanan Luankeaw, Dhurakij Pundit University’s Dean of Economics, spoke to this at a forum held by the Quality Learning Foundation:

“Ten years of now, 65% of today’s school children can end up doing jobs that have not actually been developed yet. The next workforce can require to align its capacitys to store pace with the transition. Our education process has made a workforce that does not match the jobs on the market in the long run. Students are not armed with the right capacitys to meet labour market demands.”

Millennial_topImageThe key capacity is the capacity to learn and ponder creatively. Without this, the next workforce can not understand how to adapt to the changing marketplace in that it exists. Whilst Thailand appears to be waking up to the realization, the United States has been actively moving away of creative pondering in favor of capacitys-based education. It remains to be seen as the world undergoes a new industrial revolution, if workers in the US can be able-bodied to adapt to use new technologies, or if they can just be replaced by them. What do you ponder of the job situation? Discuss additional over in the Technology & Jobs forum at 3DPB.com.

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