Business automation is on the rise. There is a genuine fear among the salaried working professionals, fearing replacement of their jobs with robotic automation. If you go the Will a Robot Take your Job interactive web page and enter few job profiles like ‘typist’ or ‘secretary’, the website gives an update valued percentage of the probability for the job going to be automated.
We searched – 99% of typist jobs have the probability of automation, and personal assistant profile shows 68%. The fear of humans being replaced by automation is not unfounded.
However, in this article, we are going to talk about how robotic automation can also work in tandem with business growth. In our office, we have personal assistant apps installed in the smartphones that help our staff to improve their productivity.
The app-based assistant helps to schedule meetings, deliver reminders, book flight tickets and more. Such technologies already exist in the workplace such as automated sports news reporting, surgery assistants and remote controlled police robots.
Robots are usually employed in industries that require high-end production lines such as the automotive industry. Companies like SME Robotics work with synchronisation of robots with the EU manufacturing industries. The robots are preferred for laborious work because of their inability to feel emotions, physical fatigue or pain which makes them the ideal candidate.
They can perform in a constant state without becoming tired or restless. They do not need vacations or time-offs unless, of course, they have to go for periodic maintenance services.
Robots and Entrepreneurs
Any growing entrepreneur platform or a startup will find benefits of working in an automated robotic environment.
The day-to-day activities in the life of an entrepreneur involve aspects which consume time and can be easily delegated to a personal assistant, such as calling people, booking travel itinerary, finding directions, making payments and more.
With automation, the entrepreneur can consistently focus on the creativity and growth of the business.
While there is a hot debate on whether robots and artificial intelligence adoption will render the working class jobless, there is enough research to suggest that employing AI in entrepreneurial firms and small business setups will be immensely beneficial. They can handle the mundane and repetitive workload easily and free the time for managers and entrepreneurs to focus on the creative tasks at hand.
Specific working timelines will not bind the business or the entrepreneur. They can grow the business by being innovative and handling the emotional connect of the business to the intended audience. Since the robots lack the emotional quotient, they are not affected by workplace ambiguity, politics, uncertainties or a fear of failure.
Robots are suited for data analysis too. Based on their productivity guidelines, the robot can help decision makers in the firm evaluate the merits of, let us assume, embarking on an expansion spree in other countries, hiring in-house resources and its financial viability and generate regular operational data for analysis.
Will Robots Replace Humans?
Honestly, robots are best suited for regularly repetitive tasks. Yes, they have already replaced few human tasks that we discussed above, but by doing so, they have opened new avenues for exploration.
There are certain skills which a robot cannot replace ever such as networking, generating new ideas, creative output or daily human interaction.
Humans are better equipped to handle verbal and nonverbal communication, intuitively understand body language and communicate. We are slowly moving to a time where humans and robots have to learn to work in partnership with each other.
Robots are unlikely ever to acquire emotional intelligence. The maximum we have moved ahead with robotic programming are empathic robots. However, they cannot replace critical thinking humans.