Job competition is reported to be growing exponentially, but not it the way the you might think.
The internet is over flowing with articles the warn us of the rising presence of artificial intelligence, however, it is not all expressed in a positive light. There is no denying the fact the technology has done wonders for humans – not to mention making life more easy, efficient and entertaining. But where to from there? It sometimes feels as though technology has peaked and filled all the crevices in our lives.
However, a great deal of individuals have suspected that the future technology beholds is detrimental to humans – that technology will become so advanced that artificial intelligence will take the role of humans in the labour force. People are beginning to fear that artificial intelligence will assume our roles in the job market, essentially making humans obsolete.
One major U.S retailer is challenging this notion. American grocer ‘Walmart’ has introduced robots into 50 of its stores. Rather than replace workers, these robots have formed part of the team. There are still people at the checkouts, still people stocking the shelves, people at the information desks and managers running the show…
So, what exactly are these robots doing?
Rather than replace the job of a worker, Walmart has introduced these robots to assist in increasing workers efficiency and relieve them of tedious work, allowing them more time to interact with customers. The robots are set to wander each of the aisles in the Walmart stores, scanning the shelves for errors, and alerting staff of incorrect prices, out of stock items, incorrect labels and returning items to their correct spots.
This has been reported to be a great success thus far, largely attributed to the robot’s ability to assess shelves at a quicker speed than humans.
With Walmart providing a fresh perspective on artificial intelligence in the workplace, perhaps there is hope yet for the future of employment and technology.
Besides, with robots picking up our slack, who says we can’t all get along? Its all optimism for here.
Thanks for reading! What do you think about sharing your workplace with a robot? Do you have a optimistic outlook as I do, or are you preceding with caution? As always, I’d love to hear your opinions! ❤
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