Is Information Technology robbing us of our Jobs?
Smart machines are taking over but this is not the type of invasion to push us to live underground. The digital age brought forth technology aimed to assist us in doing our jobs and making life easy for us. Smart technology and high tech gadgets are now the cornerstones of most businesses existing around the globe. We see them aid in almost everything we do, from advertisement to customer service. But is this technology slowly replacing human labor? Does it mean companies and business firms need more machines than humans? Let’s take a look.
Technology and Jobs
There is no denying to the fact technology has been welcomed by people because of the vast potential it holds. But not all might be happy with the fact that technology is becoming a huge part of our lives. One concern is a loss of jobs. This fear sprang from the Industrial Revolution, where machines replaced physical labor of humans.
Does this fear have to continue? Not necessarily. Yes, the advent of technology did replace physical labor but the birth of technology also required more jobs in contrast to what was previously in place. Physical labor was left for the machines, but labor requiring coordination, dexterity, perception, and locomotion were required, as well as mental skills, such as creativity and communication.
Automation and information technology need not mean that the job is solely for the machines. Someone has to man them, someone has to think creatively to keep them running and up to date and someone has to communicate problems, ideas and developments. For every automation created, a job is not actually lost, it is rerouted and another job is created.
I.T. Services, Technology, Jobs and the Future
The rise of technology brought forth the so-called human/machine partnership. Technology and business experts see a great potential in this partnership. What’s in store for the future? Consider the following:
- Technology must be used to test the employee’s creative ideas
- Leverage between information technology and human effort can be used to create a new form of commerce
- Effective processes can be improved through the use of human insights applied in IT data
Human work and technology partnering has the potential to evolve in many ways, thus success depends on maximizing creative entrepreneurs.
This partnership would give rise to more avenues on entrepreneurship. When more avenues are created, we might see government taxes and regulations being eliminated so as not to create a barrier for businesses. The partnership may also foster an improvement in communication and infrastructures, as these would promote the flow of ideas and innovations from creative entrepreneurs.