How much time do you think it will take for automation to take our jobs from us? According to a 2013 study, more than 50% of all jobs in the world could potentially be automated in the next 20 or so years. But, automation has been around for decades, what is the difference now?There is no doubt that innovation has made human labor a lot more fluid and smooth and easy and even more productive. This means, for example, that ten hours of human work could be done 10 times better in only 1 hour. This disposed of many jobs and at the same time created jobs that were better for professional workers. Therefore, it worked well for the majority of people and living standard improved as a whole. In the blink of an eye, the rules are different. Our jobs are being taken over by machines way faster and more frequent than before. That’s worrying, right? … But do you think that innovation will save us like before? While the new information industries are exploding, jobs are becoming fewer and fewer. As shown by statistics, Google employed 58,000 people in 2012, but its rise as a virtual company based on the internet, it had destroyed more than 100,000 jobs for other companies. Cars were the innovation of the past that converted our way of living, our infrastructure, and our cities. Millions of people found new jobs because of that in the past 100 years, but the industry as a whole does not create as many jobs as it used to. Even with the rise of electric cars, not too many jobs are being created as there used to be before.But, what about the internet? Technology is dependent on internet and it is an essential part of almost all industries. But, still, the jobs created are not enough to keep up with the growth of the population and a new generation of machines is slowly taking over.
While humans have their fears about future jobs, the information age and modern automation could be a huge opportunity to change human society in a positive manner and reduce poverty and inequality drastically.