Feb 21, 2017 11:07 AM EST

The Rise Of Robot Threatens Jobs

Technology development in today’s modern world has its pros and cons in the job sectors. However, with the continuous rise of automation, robotics can most likely threaten a lot of jobs. Robot technology is said to cause a negative impact in the labor market.

Robotic technologies have transformed immensely over the years. There are a lot of people who believe and understand how beneficial robotics and automation are. And with that, they were able to find significant advantages of replacing humans with technology since it can perform different tasks accordingly, repetitively and most of all, it is less harmful, according to The New Age.

In today's generation, it is normal to see how robotics and automation become an integral part of the day to day lives of many people. It also plays a great role in the society, businesses, and workforce. The combination of robotics, automation, and data-driven intelligence will soon take over a lot of things. With this kind of trend, it is possible that in the years to come people will become more dependent with robots, which can lead to job loss.

Business Insider shared that an assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology, Yiosng Yue believes that those low-skill jobs and those that are more of on routine basis will be greatly affected of being replaced by automation and robotics. But experts believe that the best way to compete with automated workforce is to become more of a critical thinker. This is something that robots cannot do.

"I think that the types of jobs that are secure are the types of jobs that require free form pattern matching and creativity; things that require improvisation," says Yue.

During Bill Gates’ interview with Quartz, he shared a good solution for those workers who worry that automation and robotics will cause them to lose their jobs. Gates’ believes that the government should tax those companies who use robots. This is the best thing to do in order to fund other employments.

Gates explained that “Certainly there will be taxes that relate to automation. Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.”

Meanwhile, Jobs & Hire reported that in spite of the great demand for workforce in manufacturing sites, automation and robotics tends to slow down human employment in many factories.

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