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Just one word. Robots.

August 28, 2015

“May I help you find something?”

If the 1967 classic “The Graduate” were to be remade in 2017 on its 50th anniversary, here’s the one word change I would make:

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Robots.

Do you use the self-checkout line at the grocery store? I do. Does it ever occur to you that a human used to do that? I wonder what they’re doing now… Recently there’s been a spate of stories about robots in the workforce, driven largely by a new Forrester report, The Future of Jobs, 2025: Working Side-By-Side with Robots.

It’s eye-opening to see what robots can do today, and they will certainly displace workers the same way technology has been since the industrial revolution. The estimates on job displacement vary from article to article, but if you can add value to the human experience in work, you’ll find work.

“At a game like this, a gifted human player could always triumph over the game’s AI, because software couldn’t improvise. It could either react randomly, or in a limited number of predetermined ways, based on a finite number of preprogrammed conditions. This was an axiom in videogames, and would be until humans invented true artificial intelligence.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Anyway, it’s Friday and the thought of being replaced by a robot is unsettling. Besides, Kronos is looking to fill over 200 positions globally, and none require robotics skills.

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