“Let us examine a situation where the mind is not used due to advancement of technology; People relax and everything is done by Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (automation) – the scenario will exactly mark the beginning of human degradation and finally extinction when they begin to outsmart us and make us look like fools.”

Automation is the application of machines to tasks once performed by humans. Automation technology has matured to a point where a number of other technologies have developed from it and have achieved a recognition of their own. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are one of these technologies.

Robotics is a branch of automation where automated machines are built to possess certain human-likes characteristics.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that deals with creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. AI machines are programmed and made to think like humans.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics doubt they have been of immense help to man’s existence on earth but unfortunately, their disadvantages has outweighs their advantages in recent years.

In an interview with the British Broadcast Commission, Professor Stephen Hawkings said “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have already proved useful, but I fear the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.”

His statement clearly revealed his fear of what Artificial Intelligence could turn to in future.

The negative impacts of automation apart from mistakes in instructions is the unemployment it creates. Automation in industries can lead to massive loss of jobs and boom the wagon of unemployment.

According to reports of a study carried out by McKinsey Global Institute, they predicted that by the year 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation. The company further revealed that advances in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will have a drastic effect on our everyday lives. At the world bank/International Monetary Fund springs meeting in Washington D.C, the world bank president Jim Young Kim said “Developing countries including Nigeria face the risk of losing about 70% of jobs to automation.” 70% of jobs is equivalent to about two-third of the jobs that currently exists in Nigeria. Regardless of jobs being lost to automation, Nigeria currently sits third in the list of countries with highest unemployment rate after South Africa and Greece. The question is “what will happen to the unemployed?” However, the answer to this cannot be far fetched because an increase in unemployment will automatically lead to an increase in poverty rate of which Nigeria currently tops the list of the poorest countries in the world, India with twice the population as ours sits second.

In conclusion, the above crystal clearly points out the negative impacts of automation in our lives not only as regards employment but in different spheres of our doings in life.

 

This article was written by Abdul Lateef Badmus; connect with him on IG here

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