Yes, robots are coming for human jobs, confirms Israeli manufacturer
Ran Poliakine speaks with CTech about his dream of ‘liberating’ employees who are stuck in jobs that could be done by machines
“What we did was build the first-ever robot that can replace, both in accuracy and speed, the judgment of a human being,” said Ran Poliakine in an interview with CTech. He said that 80% of factory jobs are operated by robots who follow simple commands, with 20% left for humans to carry our more difficult tasks such as quality inspections and decision making.Oxford Economics predicted that approximately 20 million workers will be replaced by 2030 and cited more repetitive jobs as the most likely to be wiped out by machines.
Poliakine stressed that the robots who are “employed” to take over from humans are only completing the transition that has been occurring for a century. One hundred years ago, we saw factories that depended on a lot more physical labor from humans. Today, these places are safer, more efficient, and cheaper. MusashiAI’s safety inspectors and forklifts are only the next stage in the liberation that Poliakine dreams of.
Plans to expand the fleet of autonomous worker robots are already underway. The successful pilot of the program from December 2019 means that more of these new employees will be dispatched around the world, starting in Japan.He highlights the automotive industry in Japan, which accounts for eight million workers out of a total of 126 million citizens. If 20% of workers are non-essential, “that means 1.6 million people are doing things that robots can do instead,” Poliakine deduces. The idea that these robots can suddenly displace more than one million people highlights the impact of automation - already labeled as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by American thinkers and business leaders. Each year, there is a higher risk of humans being replaced by technologies that can do their jobs better. What’s more, these new robots don’t come with the restrictions that are placed on humans by simple biology. Robots don’t need toilet breaks; they don’t require a basic income, nor do they unionize if they are unhappy with their work environment. The hope is that humans have the time and ability to channel their minds into more meaningful work. “We want to find a place where humans are important. This is not a technology decision, nor is it a business decision. This is more of a moral decision,” Poliakine concluded.