@elctrnx_lyf: I full share this point, warehouses' automation has allowed saving and a better way for providing end users with goods requested; the important step, speaking for myself, is the profit achieved by companies which have adopted automation by robots; I aim it will be invested, also partially, for example in education for workers in order to assure also for them, a step forward.
@AK: well, I have appreciated your thoughts and I agree with the fact that, in a such way, robots' adoption could represent a possible risk for workers' job; I would proceed with your vision about education. Robots need to be conceived, than built, deployed and managed then all those steps could potentially act as now jobs and activities for humans and, in principle, for teaching at schools.
"there will be transformation of the nature of jobs that humans will be doing when new technologies start working for the routine tasks."
Exactly. This transformation you are talking about is something that will happen not only at workforce level but also at creating new careers while older ones disappear as the graduates will not be needed anymore.
Your example of the changes in the banking system is good. More and more we will see bank branches disappearing, and more online and cloud banking being created and used. New jobs in connection with banking are created but the old clerks will disappear completely. Even money will suffer a transformation, and cash will dsappear to give room to electronic transactions in cashless economies. And this is no future or science fiction, this is already happening in Sweden.
I do not mean to say that but my point is that there will be transformation of the nature of jobs that humans will be doing when new technologies start working for the routine tasks.
Take for example the working of banks and stock exchanges which was a purely manual activity a few years backwhci is now wholly working in real time on computerised systems. This has rediced the clerical work force but see how many software development ,support and maintenance jobs it has created worldwide.
Robots can work most effectively for defined set of instructions like the scenario that you have mentioned. Combined with RFID robots are indeed doing a good job with hopefully lesser errors than before.
Unfortunately, the problem comes in when intuition is required for a decision. In those cases, human intervention is required to sort out things. Nevertheless, technologically it seems to be a good solution.
Apart from the electronic waste another compelling issue with the extensive use of robots is the impact on human employment. Industries where robots have been deployed in manufacturing have led to the layoff of many workers.
I am not against the use of technology but I think human resource deployment should be considered before using robots.
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