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Cheaper, Faster, More Consistent and Less Hazardous to Humans

May 11, 2017

Over the next five years it is anticipated that more than five million jobs will switch from human-performed to robot-performed. It’s easy to understand the growing concern for the Great Displacement of the human workforce. Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) should not be seen as substitutes for human work. If duties such as record keeping, data mining, problem solving or even logical reasoning could be dedicated to technological advancement, then robots and AI become catalysts for what we do best – be humans. Humans will spend more time solving systemic issues, coordinating and planning as they engage each other more, understanding and responding to emotional needs of one another, finding and building raw talent, and empathizing and supporting people in general. More time to develop communication, facilitation and teaching skills will drive high-potential employees into better leadership roles.

Watch these recent videos of disruptive technologies and construction (click to play):

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Technological unemployment, that is jobs lost because of technological advancements, is nothing new to farmers. People have left the land under the pressure of technological advance for hundreds of years. Yet, the U.S. has experienced spectacular agricultural productivity improvements. While productivity has skyrocketed, the prices of most goods have fallen decreasing the share of household income spent on foods.

If agricultural and business sectors in general are being transformed by technology, construction is sure to follow in ways we haven’t seen. The time to construct homes, offices and retail spaces will become a fraction of what we know it to be today (3-D printers, robotic brick layers, etc.). The International Labor Organization places the number of deaths on construction sites worldwide at 60,000 each year. Construction will become cheaper, faster, more consistent and far less hazardous to humans on the jobsite. It’s time to move past the narrative of automation causing the Great Displacement. Construction firms need to be training all workers with the growing tools of technology to become leaders of tomorrow.

Read more about robots revolutionizing agriculture and the business world:

NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future. Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.
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