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Robots in the Workplace

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Robots in the Workplace
"A wave of new robots, affordable and capable of accomplishing advanced human tasks, is being aimed at jobs that are high in the workforce hierarchy."
Those Under Concern
A Way Out
What can
Producer's Visions in Automation
"A liberator of the human spirit rather than the enemy of working man"
Employer Perspective
Advantages of Robots

greater efficiency
cheaper to manage
cannot respond effetively to unexpected changes/problems
complicates labor and privacy laws
Disadvantages of Robots
"Carrying specimens around had been a hassle that left less time to do other tasks, like responding to phone requests from nurses and other hospitals that use the lab."
"Humans need to be involved in orders...They just make our jobs easier."
"With robots, it feels a little more like it's replacing a person. A robot is one-to-one, almost. But one combine harvester is probably replacing 100 people."
Employees vs Robots?
Consumer Perspective
Advantages of Robots
easy to work with
quick interactions
Disadvantages of Robots
have not obtained the trust of humans
cannot answer questions
Science and Engineering
Arts and Creativity
are more precise in their work
can do jobs for longer and at a faster rate
can work in dangerous situations that are unsafe for humans
With the changing of the job market, "more humans [will be] able to focus on interesting problems instead of mundane tasks."
While robots are taking some jobs in scientific and engineering fields, many more opportunities are rising...
Inventing, creating, and operating robots
"This time it's happening faster. And technological change is affecting more industries simultaneously. Threshing changed agriculture, but digital technology is affecting pretty much every industry."
readjust the focus
be proactive students
Another Solution: Knowing where we stand
Humans vs. Robots?
Humans & Robots vs. ___?
MIT computer science professor, Rob Miller, states that "social and cultural understanding is another area in which humans will always exceed computers." Miller also goes on to say that "There's always going to be a frontier of human understanding that leads the machines."
"L.A.'s creative industry is expected to grow over the next five years. In fact, direct employment in the creative industries is expected to increase by more than 4%, or 13,100 jobs, by 2015, according to the 2011 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of Los Angeles Region."
"When the rush is on, humans can make decisions, set priorities, and decide on the spot what work needs to be done instantly and what can wait for the usual human lull."
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