For the past several decades, we’ve been watching robots and computers doing more and more for us. It’s been the subject of many books and movies. But is it too much automation? What will happen to the job force? Will your job be taken over by robots eventually?
A 1960s-era animated series in the United States, The Jetsons, centered on a futuristic world where robots and computers did everything for the people in the series. They had robots that cleaned, a computer that cooked, and jobs seemed to be centered around making the parts that would be needed for robots and computers.
This fifty-year-old look at the future hasn’t completely happened yet, but we are getting closer. Over the last several decades, many factory jobs have been replaced by automation. And while it hasn’t happened yet, the teaching profession is certainly at risk. The more and more we have computers, e-books, and digital assistants in the form of phones and tablets, the less and less we need a human teaching these lessons.
My job is probably safe. Creativity isn’t easily equaled by a robot or computer, so writers can rest, at least for the near future. But what about yours? Are you safe from automation or will you eventually be put out to pasture and replaced by a robot?
Will your job be taken over by robots eventually?
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