Though robots are nothing new in the world of work, with robotic arms helping make cars and manafacture different things. But what would happen if they were introduced into jobs which involve contact with humans? This is what I am going to discuss in this post. I have thought of these questions to answer:
- What are the advantages of robots?
- What are the disadvantages of robots?
- Who would robots benefit?
- Who would benefit least from the use of robots?
What are the advantages of robots?
There are quite a few advantages of using robots in the world of work, and here's a few reasons. Firstly, let's look at an example of robotics being used instead of humans to do certain things. In Milan, there is a bar called Makr Shakr, you will not be greeted by a human bartender, but before your eyes will be two robotic arms working behind the bar! You have to order via an app and the arms cleverly make what you wish. Emanuele Rossetti, CEO of Makr Shakr, explains that the robot can be up to four times faster than a real-life bartender in preparing customers' drinks. This is very good because this means that they can be more productive when working. In addition to this, more people will come to that place when the robot first is launched, as they think it is unique and amazing, but after that people will have already seen it and the number of customers visiting will decrease. Popularity for that location will rise quite a lot, as not many people have seen a robot actually working. Also, they do things at a constant speed, never slowing, and they work accurately too. These are reasons why robots are good.
What are the disadvantages of robots?
There are also a few disadvantages when it comes to using robots to do work. Firstly, the company that wants to use the machine must pay for it, which is very expensive. Complete with controllers and teach pendants, new industrial robotics cost from $50,000 to $80,000. Once application-specific peripherals are added, the robot system costs anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000. When the robot is broken, they will have to pay even more to fix it again. Another reason is that it will take people's jobs, which makes employers make them redundant, just for a robot to take their place. My final reason is that if something goes wrong, it will take time to repair it, whereas a human, even if they get it wrong, will learn from their mistakes, and machines do not have a creative mind, unlike humans.
Who would benefit from robots?
The people who would benefit from the robots are the employers. This is because the robots will bring in new business so they will get more money. They also benefit because they cannot say no to anything, making them the most obedient things, which leads to my next point. Robots save workers from performing dangerous tasks. They can work in hazardous conditions, such as poor lighting, toxic chemicals, or tight spaces. They are capable of lifting heavy loads without injury or tiring. Robots increase worker safety by preventing accidents since humans are not performing risky jobs, so in this case the workers benefit.
Who would benefit least from the use of robots?
The people who would benefit least from the use of robots is the employees. This is because robots are stealing their jobs, so they will get no money, and will be replaced by a robot. If I was in that situation, I would feel furious because it would have been the thing I depended on to live, and now it was taken away from me. They know that robots are better than they are, and may feel envious of the robots.
Finally, I think that robots are really great, but can affect people's jobs. Do you think robots are good to use to do jobs? Can you think of any other advantages or disadvantages about robots?
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