“We are on the cusp of a revolution in the workplace.”
We’ve heard this line before…
- when steam engines were introduced to replace animal labor
- when assembly lines increased output from factories
- when computers helped gain control of data and processes
- when robots took over certain aspects of production and maintenance, helping increase speed and quality in outputs
With each change there were some displacements of workers and of business processes, but new, different opportunities opened up and production (and our economy) have marched forward.
But this time, there is something different, at least according to the YouTube channel CGPGrey. With this change in robotics and animation, the workplace revolution caused by them will have greater effects on our workforce than ever before…and it’s something that our society needs to think about and plan for before it arrives.
I invite you to watch the video Humans Need Not Apply then post your thoughts about how we as a college can help prepare our students for this upcoming shift in the workplace brought on by advanced robotics. Is CGPGrey correct with his assertions about this change? Are there alternative outcomes to those that are proposed in the video? What should we do as a college with our students to address the issues that are raised? We invite you to discuss this both with us and with your fellow instructors in the comment section .
Here’s the video. Please post your comments below.