Are robots coming for your job, or are they going to make your job easier? We’ve been following this issue since we ran our Robots and Jobs focus series, and there is no doubt that it’s a topic that’s here to stay. Check out these recent videos that are contributing to the robots and jobs discussion.
A recent newsletter from Harvest Automation, the start-up company that produces robots that move potted plants at nurseries and greenhouses, cites two very revealing trends regarding migrant workers.
Many in the Artificial Intelligence and robotics professions clearly state that their work is toward what has come to be called “weak AI” — which is focused more on building tools for helping humans in their work rather than on replacing them. This is clearly the claim of robot manufacturers such as Rethink Robotics and Universal Robots. However weak AI, or its associated technology, machine learning, is becoming an integral component of automation – and it is this automation, something that previously may have been called Business Process Automation that may explain the high rate of joblessness in many advanced countries some four years into the recovery from recession.
First of all I think Larry Summers gets much right, especially with respect to how many people are unemployed and have been displaced by a multiple of factors, of which robotics is one of them, albeit not a major factor (yet).