We’ve discussed on several occasions the impact of automation on the workplace, and the fact that a very large proportion of jobs currently requiring humans to do them will, in the not too distant future, be automated.
Here’s a short video about an aircraft parts manufacturer in Italy. Note the hi-tech surroundings, the automation of almost every task, and the very few people visible on the factory floor. They don’t even call it a ‘smart’ or ‘automated’ factory any more; it’s now referred to as a ‘brilliant’ factory.
I did a bit of research into Avio, the parent company of this factory. It makes civil and military aircraft engine parts, and is involved with the Ariane rocket as well. In other words, this is the highest of high-tech industry . . . and yet there are virtually no human workers actually operating the machinery. Everything is computerized and automated. All the humans do is supervise, and intervene if necessary – which isn’t very often. The machines never need to eat or sleep, never get sick, never go on vacation, and never interrupt their work except for scheduled maintenance or occasional repairs. They churn along 24/7/365.
That’s why human jobs are being automated out of existence in industry. Commerce and general business are sure to follow whenever and wherever possible. You need to take a good hard look at whether your present job and/or career is a candidate for automation; and, if it is, you need to seek retraining and a new skillset, as quickly as possible.