Robots, manufacturing, and the future of jobs: Debunking myths
By Cam Upshall, CEO & co-founder
on November 27, 2017
If we leave it to the pessimists, the future of the manufacturing sector looks very bleak – at least for humans working in it.
Soon, they say, humans will become "completely redundant" as robots take over our factories and our sources of income. Jobs that require empathy, creativity and critical thinking are safe, but everything else is doomed.

Is this something you should worry about? Not really. We're actually excited for a future where artificially intelligent (AI) machines work side by side with humans to create better products and services.

Here's why.
Robots won't take our jobs – they'll change them
Yes, robots can and will replace humans for repetitive, small-scale tasks. They'll be faster and, admittedly, better at them. But that doesn't mean there will be no jobs left for people in factories and assembly lines.

Instead, on the floor, skilled workers will be reassigned to focus on innovation, design and workflow management. Humans are still the best when it comes to solving problems and coming up with random, out-of-the-box ideas that end up being awesome – that's something robots can't do.
Companies will be futureproof
Manufacturers remain heavily dependent on the latest versions of equipment to ensure fast delivery of goods. But such improvements are expensive. Soon, with tools like AI and the cloud, 'upgrading' will simply be a matter of updating software, or changing very minimal parts of an assembly system.

With fewer overheads, organisations will have more bandwidth to expand their businesses, train employees and build better systems to avoid errors and waste.
Less effort, more time
Innovations in the manufacturing industry won't just affect those directly involved in it – there will be a trickle-down impact on other industries, as well as our daily lives.

We can already feel how technology is improving our productivity at work and at home. Intelligent machines in factories will cut costs and make all sorts of services more affordable and accessible: cars, healthcare and even entire homes.

This means that, in the future, we might not even have to work 40-hour weeks just to earn a living.

So what do we say? Let robots have those manufacturing jobs – and we can have more time to be human.

Now isn't that something to look forward to?

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