- Mar 16, 2018
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7 Technologies that will increase unemployment
The speed of development in this century has been applauded as new technology evolution has made life better. Nevertheless this seems to be a threat to the employment of humans for certain jobs. Here some technologies that have started reducing the need for human services.
Self Driving Vehicles: Next Generation Cars which are going through last test phases are almost set to flood the roads. This cars are electric powered vehicles that interpret navigation instructions through a secured communication network and turns it to actions. These cars have driving and road rules installed in their memories and brain boxes which helps them to interpret operation instructions. They come with options of manual, automatic and semi-automatic navigation. When set to automatic, the cars can drive users to specific location set on the GPS without human interference. When set to manual the owner is totally responsible for navigation to desired location. Semi-automatic options allow drivers to rest for a short time while travelling long journeys before they later take the steering. Transportation Companies like Uber and Taxify will soon depend on automated navigations, drop-off and pick-up services to generate revenue. This will mean the real human drivers needed in such organizations will be fewer since the cars can now drive themselves. Private car owners who have been paying drivers to use their services will also consider the option of saving money and downloading the software required to automatically instruct the car to carry them to desired location.
Business Management Software or ERP: ERP is Enterprise Resource Planner software used to run an organization's Business processes, Account and Quality Control operations without being physically present in the organization. This software integrates data like when an employer resumed work for the first time, age, designation and other unique employer information. The software is designed to automate payment account, calculate Key performance index, recommend appraisals, promotions, place non-performing staffs on probation, review supply chain management, and automatically generate profit and loss graphs. The functions integrated into this business software is operated and monitored by Information Technology (IT) staffs. The Director and Chief executive officer of the organization has ultimate privileges and plays supervisory roles in the company using the software. The multiple functions in this ERP are previously human responsibilities. This means a company running operations with assistance of an ERP will use less staffs and achieve more. This is also going to increase Rate of unemployment as all Business investors have ultimate objectives of expansion through minimizing running costs and increasing revenue.
Medical Artificial Intelligence: Equipment like radiotherapy machines have been developed to shrink tumors and kill cancerous cells in sick patients. These are cases that have long needed scheduled treatments from doctors and nurses before the invention of the machine. The sick patients are locked inside the machine for sometime which it carries out the healing process systematically.
Immigration Check-In Machines: Travelers who enter the United States are always required to meet immigration officers at entry points who scan passports, ask about purpose of visit and approve entry. The first contact after coming into the united states have now been replaced with Machines that scan and register purpose of visit for individual travelers and families. This information is then saved on the database of the Department of States Security and Immigration office of the United States. The information can be accessible at all Airports of the United States and anytime the traveler visits again. This is to make sure that possibilities of violating immigration rules are minimal, and entry process is faster. These machines are many and make long queues shorter. These were formerly human jobs but with the trend in Technological developments, fewer humans are needed to get the job done. This comes as hardware and software programs are being integrated to get the job done.
Security Check Machines: Checking people into business environments, countries and occasions to ensure minimized security risks were done by humans. This process was subject to compromise. This is because the conscience of humans can be paid for making it easier for criminals to infiltrate some environments and carry out evil acts. This happens when the security personnel are in serious need of money or he sees someone he knew. He can decide to break security protocol which may only be detected after things have gone wrong. The humans were also slow to detect harmful items in custody of a prospective criminal. This is because it takes more time to check cloth, shoes, under wears, bags, hair and other parts of the person’s body to discover weapons. Machines are designed to pick out these illegal items and weapons easily. Machines are only serviced and provided with power to operate. This makes it a better option as it helps to reduce staffs waiting for salaries. This is a big threat to employment as more machines with better, features, abilities and upgrades are still under development.
Automated Teller Machines (ATM): The deployment of Automated Teller Machines reduced the number of staffs Banks needed to run their operations. This led to mass sack of bank staffs over the years. ATMs never get tired and are always available to pay customer 24 hours. The Automated Teller Machines don't get tired, thirsty or hungry. They are ready to disburse cash once they have money in them there is good network reception and power.
Interactive Voice Response (IVR): Resolving Telecommunications, sales and supply management issues have always been handled strictly by Call Centre agents who have been trained to support customers with necessary assistance. The need for Call centre agents have drastically reduced with the increase in the implementation of IVR. Customer management companies now integrate solutions to problem via automated correction and self support systems. The need to ask a call centre agent has been reduced since the machines have been designed to handle questions from dissatisfied customers and those calling for inquiries. Customer support is one of the highest job producing sectors in the world. Everyone selling a good and service need a systematic way of providing support for new customers and managing existing clients.