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Welcome to the ‘ROBOTECHNALIZED’ era

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M Dawood Sheikh|

Sophia quipped, “This is beginning of my plan to dominate human race” at The Tonight Show in New York. Though it was a pun by Sophia, a robot, it seems relevant in this globalized world. Sophia is a man-made machine in the modern day technological renaissance, which has been granted the citizenship of Saudi Arabia. 

While international organizations were celebrating her citizenship, Japan granted a permanent residency to a virtual character called ‘AL’ in Central Tokyo.Brewing from globalization, the world has stepped into a ‘Robotechnalized’ era. “Robotechnalized” consists of three words: ‘Robot’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Globalization’, which depict the infliction of robots in a globalized world.  

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Somehow, we believe our livelihoods will be safe. They’re not. Every commercial sector will be affected by robotic automation in the next several years.For example, Australian company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a robot, the Hadrian X, that can lay 1,000 standard bricks in one hour – a task that would take two human bricklayers the better part of a day or longer to complete.

Robots have efficiently doubled manufacturing products and make it easy for humans to manage multiple and arduous tasks in a timely manner. 

In 2015, San Francisco-based startup Simbe Robotics unveiled Tally, a robot the company describes as “the world’s first fully autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution” that roams supermarket aisles alongside human shoppers during regular business hours and ensures that goods are adequately stocked, placed and priced.The Crown prince of Saudi Arabia pledged $45 Billion to SoftBank Japan in a meeting with CEO, Masayishi Son, on the sidelines of an investment conference held in Riyadh.

The investment is a wherewithal to support “Singularity”, which aims to merge robots and the human brain.Free flow of communication, liberalization of markets and integrated economies have developed complex relations between countries, subsequently unleashing the race of information and technology. 

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Large corporations hone the robotic potential by using them in their production and assembly lines, thus resulting in unemployment, which may lead to flare terrorism and extremism. In a recent report, the World Economic Forum predicted that robotic automation will result in the net loss of more than 5 million jobs across 15 developed nations by 2020, a conservative estimate. 

Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions report reveals the extent of the coming shift that will jeopardize the livelihoods of millions of people. 

Another study, conducted by the International Labor Organization, states that as many as 137 million workers across Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam – approximately 56% of the total workforce of those countries – are at risk of displacement by robots, particular workers in the garment manufacturing industry.

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Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions report reveals the extent of the coming shift that will jeopardize the livelihoods of millions of people. By 2018, the report says almost one-third of robotic deployments will be smarter, more efficient robots capable of collaborating with other robots and working safely alongside humans.By 2019, 30% or more of the world’s leading companies will employ a chief robotics officer, and several governments around the world will have drafted or implemented specific legislation surrounding robots and safety, security and privacy.

Australian company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a robot, the Hadrian X, that can lay 1,000 standard bricks in one hour.

Technological advancement is necessary to survive in this world and it has given comfort to human beings by helping them in day-to-day operations. Robots have efficiently doubled manufacturing products and make it easy for humans to manage multiple and arduous tasks in a timely manner. 

Though with all the robust benefits of robots, the exorbitant involvement of robots in the human world is detrimental. It could wreak havoc and ramp up unemployment, extremism, terrorism and health issues. We need to be cautious of “Robotechnolization” so it does not overcome the “Human World”.

The author is a social entrepreneur based in Lahore. The views expressed in this article are authors own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space editorial policy. 

 

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