We are in the middle of the latest industrial revolution with the opportunities created by robotics and AI . Rather than fearing change it should be embraced.
The report from the World Economic Forum on AI highlights concerns and consequences of change but also links other ancillary issues like cyber security into the discussion in an alarmist way.
Factories of the future (we are talking a few years not decades) will need minimum human input and robots can be programmed in such a way. Manual issues, such as cleaning, replacing worn kit and anticipating inventory needs can now be automatised.
If half of us understood everything in our cars right now I would be surprised. As shown at the Detroit auto show this week, the focus has not been about innovation on the dashboard (which is now seen amazingly as old hat ), instead it has been about driverless cars
Going back to factories; they could well become obsolete in the near future. Advanced manufacturing could allow portable factories to be set up thus reducing supply chain logisitcs needs. 3D printing will allow the dependency on inventory control to reduce as more precision in performance is created and 3D manufacturing can be moved into the cloud. Industry 4.0 and the internet of things are in motion now.
Returning to the downsides; yes, the change in social needs and the replacement of people by robots needs a government policy in the same way as the movement from agriculture to industry did in the 19th century. Cyber security issues are also an issue, but that is about encryption and updating old systems.
there are a lot of considerations around robotics and AI although it is important to note that none of the fears outlined should stop the pace of change to a post industrial society where robots are the new manufacturers.
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