The technological divide

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Modern countries are developing more and more technological solutions. We call it progress, but isn’t there a risk of a social divide in automating and robotizing more and more? That’s a big question …

Robotization, automation

Robotization consists of making machines perform tasks in charge of humans or animals. There are many motivations for robotization and they are justified by providing work comfort, reducing accidents, increasing productivity or improving the final quality of work. And the process started a long time ago. Isn’t the wheel the first invention that made it possible to automate work that used to be done by hand, such as those in the flour mill, for example?

Modern business

The modern company must also resort to robotization and automation at the risk of not being seen as modern precisely. We remain, for example, admiring the prowess of the yellow robots of the company Boston Dynamics The impressive dance of the robots of Boston Dynamics There are logistics warehouses that are increasingly empty of humans, like those of Amazon See Amazon’s new robot army or Shengton in China Hundreds of logistics robots are working in a warehouse in China We are talking about web 3.0, industry 4.0, which suggests that the race forward is only just beginning.

Benefits

The work done by robots is predictable, reliable and stable. In the event of an incident, the robot is replaced by its clone within a few hours and the process starts again almost instantly at the determined, calculated, expected rate. The robot never complains, is never absent, does not need training or vacation. It can even work 7/24. A manager’s dream, isn’t it? The operational benefits are so numerous that it encourages change. So the warehouses, once full of handlers, are increasingly empty of people. Supermarket cashiers disappear in favor of automatic checkouts, see cashless stores Amazon launches Amazon Go, a cashless store Banks are increasingly going “online”. In short, the examples of robotization and automation are legion and increasing every month.

Tomorrow ?

Of course, these developments bring productivity gains to the company. It provides comfort and flexibility to consumers who have a permanent service available 24 hours a day. But isn’t there a risk of a social divide? Jobs have been replaced by machines since the industrialization era of the 18th century and many “odd jobs” no longer exist. New professions appear, but very often with high levels of qualification, such as those required of the engineers who design these machines. What about future generations who will not have the opportunity to study for a long time? Isn’t there a risk that a social divide will appear? That is the big question and maybe we should ask it right now.