I have been walking around for a few months now with some thoughts in my head that both excite me and make me worried. I love people but I also love technology. I must admit that technology has made my life a lot easier than it used to be but also complicated in some ways. Technology has given us the opportunity to communicate with people on the other side of the globe, staying online all day and getting the latest on our smart phones etc… This is very convenient especially for me who have a family on the other side of the world. On the other hand, the negative aspects are that there is a tendency of people being less social and it affects our written languages by emojis and so on. However, even though they take away our beautiful written language and all the ways that we can express ourselves they make the texts more exciting and affect our emotions.
Even though I would like to go back to the past and leave this technology bubble I would not be able to. The only chance would be to move out to the wilderness since living in the society without technology is not possible. Technology has given us many things such as new jobs but it has also caused many jobs to disappear.
So my question is, therefore, is there any limit on the technology? How far should we go? Is there any level where we should stop?
Among the lower/middle class, the people tend to not have higher education. I can come up with one example of a profession having suffered in this group of people without higher education who are the people working in the mail service in Norway. Technology has caused that we now send a lot more letters and communicate electronically than via post and therefore the number of people needed in this service are being lowered down. Another example is the supermarkets where you now can pay for your groceries without having to pay to the guy or woman in the cashier. This comes as a direct consequence of technology.
However, in March I read an article that fascinated me but scared me to death at the same time. In Norway, the education level is very high and having a bachelor degree is almost as common as having attended college. This article talked about something that can harm the group described above and the people that even have higher education. Robots are entering our society and might cause more professions to disappear. There are jobs that robots can do as well as humans and even do them more efficient than humans and without errors. This can cause many people with higher education to be kicked out of the job market.
Let’s face it; money talks. Businesses want to be more cost efficient and robots can help them with that. People want more spare time while earning the same salary and robots can make that happen since we are not losing productivity. Johan comes home 4.30 PM every day and he admits that he would love to finish his day two hours earlier. This is the opportunities that robots give and as the technology that we already know such as the internet gave us new jobs and changed job descriptions robots might do the same. However, I think that it will be crucial what education you choose since some professions will disappear eventually when the robot era kicks in.
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Before I was regretting not having attended school but know I am sort of glad that I did not go since I now know exactly what educations that will benefit me in the future.
What do you think about robots entering our jobs? Are you scared or do you see it as an opportunity?