In the late 17th century, when the industrial revolution started in the Europe, people were afraid that machines would replace them. In fact, Elizabeth I did not grant the patent to a clergyman William Lee, fearing that his invention ‘stocking frame’ would replace a great no of employees working in the sewing field. This was an earliest instance of our still prevalent fear for automation. It’s been more than 3 centuries the machines continued to evolve, and people continued to have jobs.
The automation becoming a it’ s own thing, did not help the ever -increasing people’s fear of replacement. But like Karl Marx once said “History repeats itself”, and the history has shown us that automation creates more jobs than it takes.
Automation doesn’t just create jobs but tangibly improves our lives.
Automation is efficient:
The obvious reason why we choose to automate our lives. Machines are efficient and unlike people they don’t need an afternoon nap to get things going. They are faster, consistent and more precise than humans and never before a machine complained about being payed low.
Automation is reliable:
Machines can be trusted, a hand-made craft may differ every single time it is made but a machine-made product never, until it is programmed to. Though this may be in the favor of people who are looking to offer goods with consistent quality, people who love to customize will have to suffer.
Time is money
Clearly with machines doing all the work, we get a lot of leisure time which can be used in a more productive way. Ford’s assembly line is an excellent example of this. Henry Ford lowered the amount of time that it took to build a car from 12 hours to two hours, which in turn made his cars incredibly affordable. The result? Ford doubled workers’ pay and shortened the work day.
Like said machines don’t need lunch breaks and sick leaves. They can work restlessly. Take a bank cashier’s job for an example, for years people had to stand in long queues whenever they wish to deposit or withdraw. But the invent of currency counter certainly made people’s lives as well as cashier across the counter’s life very easier.
Can be deployed in harmful environments
Humans are fragile and unlike us machines and robots are not affected by toxic gases or oxygen unavailability or extreme temperatures. In short machines can be deployed in all the places where it is difficult for humans to survive. This brings revolutionary changes in industries like coal where people have to work under high temperatures in the coal mines.
Mobile automation in particular will make it faster and easier for people to communicate from country to country. Instant translation, for instance, makes it possible to message with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you. Politically, this is hugely important, and will make for more rapid decision-making and more effective communication. For companies and individuals this will make it easier to create global products and companies, and will increase customer satisfaction (as companies can automatically message in various languages with their customers).
Internet of things
Automation of everything you are surrounded by. Motion sensitive lights, conserving your precious energy. Location based alerts, tracking your loved ones and ensuring their safety and more.
Machines would have replaced humans in every physical job possible but leaving them to be the master minds behind every invention. Monotonous, mindless jobs may have been taken by them but the job of creating them is always left to us. Well, at least until the field of artificial intelligence makes miracles.