We are walking distracted and whistling into the air

We are all walking distracted and whistling into the air…

Alec Ross, one of the greatest experts in innovation from United States, author of the book «The industries of the future», which I recommend reading, said that, in a not too distant future, robots will be the main labor force.

A good sign that he might be right are also the recent state-ments of Bill Gates, which said that the robots that will take the jobs currently performed by us, humans, should pay taxes.

Also according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, «The factory of the future will have only two employees: a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.»

Finally, a study made by the company Toshiba mentions that in 2035 the humans will share the daily life with the robots; The machines will have human form and different personalities.

Based on these statements, and given their high credibility, as well as the evidence that already exists to prove this scenario, I think it would be a good time to reflect on our role in the future «robotics» Society.

In his book, Alec Ross says that, motivated by different factors, some of them conditioning, such as demographic aspects (low birth rate and increased life expectancy), others such as the pressure to increase productivity with lower costs, many countries are already adopting the use of robots to replace human labor.
The speed of acceptance is going to be linked with the maturi-ty and culture of each country. An example of this is Japan, which, because of a culture based on the belief in animism, which holds that both objects and humans have spirit, will naturally have an easier and faster acceptance. The first advances in the use of robots to replace human beings, are being seen already in areas like nursing assistant for the elderly, in education, industrial work, medicine, automobile industry, etc..
In more routine work and less intellectual demand, this repla-cement will be almost immedift and that will happen when the cost of producing robots reaches a point of equilibrium that justifies this exchange.

In the meantime, we leadert_and managers are in a constant interesting discussion about how to manage the Millennium generation, in order to motivate them and make them happy. The question is whether this is the concern we-all should have or whether it should be around our role in this new society paradigm that we all is going to face in the near future.

Obviously, that the decision-making roles will continue to exist, the jobs that depend heavily on emotional decisions and a strong human relationship will continue to depend on us, but those will not be enough for all the existing human labor force.

Personally, being a professional who comes from the area of mathematics and engineering and who studied something from-economics, it would be obvious for me to accept that we will have a very complicated life. in any case I believe in the advantage of being human, that is associated with being emotional, something that makes us unique on this planet.

I’m sure that, if the human being were fed with the same amount of information as a robot and could process it in the same way I am sure that we -Would take different decisions from the robot, because we would always have emotional characteristics that would influence that decision. That doesn’t mean that we humans would take better decision, because those will depend too much on the nature of the subject.

Human beings are emotional and this makes us the most fascinating being, the one who falls in love, the one who is now happy and the next moment no longer, the one who calls friend to another simply for irrational reasons that connect them like a tribe, the one who feels jealousy, envy, fury, emotion, and all those positive and negative feelings often impossible to explain even by those who feel them. We should say that in the future our competitive advantage will be our emotional and human side, and considering this, it may be a good idea to start adjusting our curriculum vitae accordingly.

Author: Pedro Gomes Santos (CO)