This is a guest post by Joseph Chukwube, a self-improvement writer and an experienced digital marketer.
Think 3D printing, driverless cars, big data and many more automation advancements that are currently trending in every media outlet.
As a writer, myself, I’ve also aided this publicity in my own little way by covering certain fields like changes that are bound to be experienced and ways to best prepare for them. And also ways the innovation will be of huge benefit to companies once it’s adopted.
Looking back at all the articles I’ve written and published about this, it’s quite interesting to note that the advantages often overweigh the disadvantages. This also happens to be the case with most of the articles I’ve come across about this topic.
Obviously, it’s not so surprising that the good sides of these advancements are winning.
We are in the 21st century, a digital age where our crave for “more” is insatiable.
Also, an age where whatever the “famous brands” present is considered the best option.
The companies that pioneered most of these automation advancements, think Apple and Google, definitely did their homework and presented us with ways the initiative will help mitigate many challenges in different aspects of life. These includes more freedom, lesser accidents, seamless production, safety and security, reduced carbon emission which our planet will be thankful for, and many more.
These are quite interesting benefits, and most of it, if not all, contain a whole lot of truth in them.
However, we, the consumers, instead of accepting these benefits as everything there is to it, we must also do our own homework to discover those downsides the companies won’t bring to our awareness.
Upon this thought, I decided to drop everything I thought I knew about the automation innovation and open my mind to viewing things from both the positive and negative angle.
First off, I thought, well, the driverless car innovation will undoubtedly allow us some more free time to get more work done. It save us from human-caused accidents, make companies huge business profits as a result of reduced human labour, and also keep our planet healthier to live in.
Again, I thought, are we really going to get more work done with the “provided free time?” Or are we going to consider it an opportunity to utilize more of the tools and gadgets of the companies that pioneered this innovation, thereby causing a much faster decline rate at our attention span?
Though companies will be making business profits with regards to the reduced human effort, what jobs will be assigned to those ripped off of their only source of livelihood?
Lastly on this, I thought, what if something goes wrong with the systems of the driverless cars at some point as a result of lack of proper maintenance or through any other course? Will human safety still be guaranteed, and will the accidents be lesser or more than that of the human-caused?
On the 3D printing innovation
I believe this has enormous benefits and will undoubtedly take the future of manufacturing industries to a whole new level.
Companies will have a less difficult time making mass productions, prototype production and the creation of complex designs over and over. They will also cut down on wastes and avoid unnecessary halt in productivity caused by human limitations and errors.
These are all because robotic machines will take over the field work of production. Thereby once again leading to a lesser demand for human efforts.
However, just as these machines amongst many other benefit will generally help companies make more profits, it’s important to take into account the cost of purchase and maintenance. Together with the amount of damage to be experienced if, and whenever such machines go faulty and is unattended to by a human worker.
These are the major initiatives I’ve really taken into account from both angles.
From the above, however, it can be seen that every automation advancement that hits the industry means many more jobless people hitting the streets. And this further means that crimes, violence and other negative vices will be on the increase, further depriving us of the safety and security we are so much expecting from the automation.
The future of the workforce is not certain.
Instead of depending wholly on the current office you’ve got at hand, it’s important to discover other things you are good at and capitalize on them. Because creativity is one major trait the robots have a difficult time imitating.
Hence, tap into your creativity juice to come up with new solutions to world problems, advance old ideas to give them a new unique function. Just as theme platforms like Colorlib were created to make blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, and so on more user-friendly and attractive. Or discover any physical skill you possess and work towards getting better at it.
Just then, you’ll realize you won’t have much of a hard time adapting to whatever the future may bring.