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Screw the worker, I have a robot!

06 February 2013, 14:07

The concept of the socialist propaganda system of rows of workers standing in fields working the soil for the good of the nation is an outdated image of an uneducated population.  The belief of labourers, that because they did the back breaking labour on the farms or in the mines that they are entitled to “more”.   More of the profits, more of the share, more  more and more.  The sad reality of the human civilisation is, not everyone is born equal, not in financial wealth, not in education nor in circumstance.  

The reality of life whether it is in the wild of the Kruger or in the suburbs of our country, it is the weak that is at the mercy of the strong. Natural selection is as real as gravity. It is life.  Now at this point you are thinking that I am cold and callous.  You may also be thinking that what makes us “humans” different is that we have compassion for our fellow life forms on this little speck of dust floating in space.  We may have compassion but self preservation is powerful if not more than any other feelings we may have for others.  A lion with his pride is eventually defeated and all his cubs are either killed or chased away to make way for the new.  We humans are no different.  We will protect our family or closest to us first and then everything else is secondary. 

The world has changed. 

The low level workers and labourers will soon find themselves replaced by smart computers and robots with a certain amount of artificial intelligence. This is the natural selection of the educated and uneducated, rich and poor, the strong and weak. It is the new lion that replaces the old. Whether we like it or not many workers and labourers have worked or not worked themselves out of jobs in the future. Robots and mechanisation will replace many many parts of our society. A robot does not strike; it does not take days off and does not demand.  If one is honest what would one prefer?  

Profit is the name of the game, without profit no one has a job.  In order to produce goods or services we have to look at trimming the business.  As earth resources become far scarcer and more expensive, the labour resource becomes far more abundant but does not follow the same rules as other commodities or products.  A product becomes cheaper by volume. People resource just becomes more expensive because of government rules or circumstance and every year a human resource works in the business it becomes more expensive. For a business to remain profitable the business can only look at the process, staff, and the materials used in making the product if you are a manufacturer. If you provide a white collar service then all you can do is to look at the process and staff in order to increase profits.

As a business owner what does one do? Save some jobs over others or loose the business.  This is a simple answer. To give some examples, a few years back in Spain, the olive farmers would employ thousands of seasonal workers to pick the olives for olive oil.  These seasonal workers started demanding more money and started damaging the industry. These labourers would take a few weeks to pick the olives but the farmers were fed up. What did they do?  They invented a machine to do the work. Now, one machine does what a thousand workers did in 5 weeks, the machine now does it in 3 days.  Where is Spain sitting now?  The same in happening in France with the grape pickers. The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, by inventor Christophe Millot, is one of the robots being developed to prune and pick grapes. He is not the only one developing a grape robot.

Three dimensional printing is soon becoming the norm.  It will take the mass manufacturing process and put it into ones own home.  This is just around the corner.  If you want a new type of dinner service all you will need to do is download the design and like magic you will have it.  As 3D printing becomes far more advanced and it will, everything and I mean everything you see around you from your cup for coffee to the transport you use to the couch you sit on will be 3D printed.

In Germany, the first driverless car is being tested and it’s working in the chaos. A South African farmer in the USA has developed a machine to pick oranges. Electrolux has developed a robotic lawn mower.  Exoskeletons are helping paraplegics walk again.  Giant machines plant the vegetables, Giant machines harvest these vegetable, giant robotic production lines package these vegetables.

Humanoid robots will replace front line staff in business, already in test phase in Tokyo.  The only thing that is holding all this back is one small challenge. Computing speed. This is a temporary set back.  Humanoid robots will understand any language will be able to answer just about any question one may have.  As the world gets more connected, the speed of data transfer rates increase these robots will be able to access global resources of information to give the most up to date relevant information. The internet will take a humanoid form. 

Teachers as we know them today are soon becoming redundant.  The personal holographic tutor will be part of ones mobile phone. For now I am going to save this for another chapter. “Who needs teachers?”

The rise of the super computer, smart mechanisation and robotics is just around the corner and the uneducated low level workers and labourers are about to become as much use to society as a used piece of toilet paper.  It is sad and may sound hard but we as the people and governments really need to catch a wake up and fast.  Identify industries that won’t require these man made machines and prioritise these avenues of education.   We can try stop these machines but it is a battle we have already lost.  If we are to remain competitive in a global arena we will have absolutely no choice but to replace the worker or labourer with a robot.

I would love a robotic maid, and you?

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