Working with robots

Automation is being seen more in everyday lives


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This infographic looks at how likely it is for jobs to be taken over by robots, and how many robots there are per 1,000 workers in the past years. Fast food workers are most likely to get taken over by robots, and in 2017 there were 1.79 robots/ 1,000 workers.

Peyton Busteed, Staff Reporter

Over the past few years, automation has become more prevalent in the world. There is a machine for almost anything people do in their daily lives. Automated devices have made the number of jobs go up and have made things a lot more convenient for people.

Most of the time when people think of automation they think of the robots and machines that there are in factories. Although this does count as automation, there has been huge advances and it is now accessible for people to have devices like these in their household. The automation movement is only gaining momentum and does not look like it is going to slow down in the future because of the economic boost it is giving us.

Automated devices used to be way too expensive for people, other than those who own big businesses, to afford. Now they have changed the technology and made it easier for smaller businesses to afford as well.

According to Business News Daily, most of the work that these devices are able to do is repetitive. This is so that the work can be done at a faster pace and more things can be accomplished. This also frees up workers so that they aren’t stuck doing mundane work all day and have the opportunity to do something with more meaning.

Automation can be as complex as performing a surgery or as simple as sending out emails to a bunch of people and responding back with premade responses. Another example of this are devices that help out human resources representatives when trying to pick out candidates that would be a good fit for the job. It can weed out some of the people that do not fill all of the requirements to fill the job and, from there, the HR representatives choose who they want to interview.

According to ISS World, to make all of this automation technology work in real life it is imperative that people work hand in hand with it so that it can run as smoothly as possible. With that said, some jobs are going to go away but there will definitely be a number of new jobs being created, especially the jobs that help to engineer and update these devices. 

There are a multitude of places that automation can fit into the daily lives of many people. For example, the iRobot vacuum that vacuums your house for you while you are busy doing other chores around the house. There are also things like Alexa and Google home that can complete a lot of tasks with just a simple voice command. It can turn off and on the lights, make grocery lists, turn on and off the thermostat or even order things for you off of Amazon. 

Fast food places have also gotten into the automation world. McDonald’s, for example, has little computer kiosks where customers can order and buy their food from. This makes it easier for the workers to get all of the food prepared as quickly as possible and getting more people served faster.

Automation is only getting started and will be advancing even more in the coming years. Soon we may all be riding around in self-driving cars. Tesla has recently built their one millionth car and they are not stopping there. Having access to automated devices is very convenient and will continue to get even easier to use and access as the years go by.