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Robots will take over our jobs (and it’s good news)

Przemysław Kozera, 28 lipca 2020

In many respects the 20th century visions of the future have become a reality. Robots are becoming more and more common in our daily lives. Autonomous solutions are widely used in such business sectors as industry, retail and transport. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway and gaining momentum. In the nature of things, dynamic growth brings about uncertainty. This is especially true for the future of the job market, and the impact that the development of robotics will have on it. Will employers be able to favor autonomous solutions over human labor?

Until the 1950s technological progress offered more and more advanced solutions that either assisted human workers or completely replaced them for the most dangerous and complex tasks. At every stage of the autonomous revolution humans are freed from the most routine, repetitive and mundane tasks. At the same time they have been given tools designed to support their efforts in more creative and challenging areas. This however has not stopped people from worrying about job stability. Should they worry about it?

Yes, it is true that robots are and will continue to take over our jobs. However, we shouldn’t worry about it. For the time being machines can only replace us in performing tasks that we would love to give up anyway. We can take retail as an example and focus on the seemingly simple matter of grocery shopping. Autonomous technologies are favored and heavily developed by the FMCG sector with a number of self-service stores are already operating. It does not mean that humans have become redundant. Although machines can easily handle such mundane tasks as processing transactions, day-to-day system maintenance and store management still depend on human intelligence and creativity. No need for cashiers means not only more flexible hours and reduced work complexity, but also better chain-wide performance and savings. How is that possible? According to the experts from Surge Cloud, the creators of Europe’s first autonomous store chain Take&GO, giving up on cashiers and relying on algorithms makes it possible to manage more stores while keeping the existing workforce. With less
pressure on their shoulders the staff can focus on managing a larger number of
stores more efficiently. According to Surge Cloud’s estimates it is possible to
manage up to 50% more stores while keeping the existing workforce. Autonomous
solutions can also reduce waste by 50% chain-wide.

How does automation affect job types? First and foremost, autonomous solutions are capable of eliminating routine tasks. Robots can easily perform the most mundane operations. In the case of tasks requiring abstract thinking, creativity and social skills, autonomous solutions can assist humans and make their job easier and more efficient. Not only will the next technological leap save us from losing our jobs, it will also make those jobs easier and more interesting.